The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin a prop gun that went off on a New Mexico set causing the death of a cinematographer supports the actor’s claim that he did not pull the trigger.
Lisa Torraco, an attorney for assistant principal David Halls, told ABC News that her client has always said that Balwin never pulled the trigger. «He told me from day one that he thought it was a mistake,» Torraco said.
«Until Alec said that it was hard to believe, but Dave has told me from the first day I met him that Alec didn’t pull that trigger,» he added.
ABC released a video Wednesday in which Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger before the gun went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding the film’s director, Joel Souza.
Baldwin made this statement during an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air as a primetime special Thursday on ABC at 8pm New York (0100 GMT) and then streamed on Hulu.
Baldwin’s in-depth interview with Stephanopoulos is the first time the actor has spoken extensively on screen about the October 21 incident on the set of the western «Rust.» «I didn’t pull the trigger,» Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger. Never».
Authorities have said that Baldwin was told the gun was safe to use, for now they are investigating how a live bullet got to it.
ABC posted a video Wednesday of Baldwin breaking down in tears describing Hutchins.
Investigators have described «a certain complacency» in the way the weapons were handled on the set of «Rust.» They have said it is too early to determine whether criminal charges will be brought, outside of civil lawsuits over liability for the fatal shooting.
ABC said the two-hour «20/20» special will examine the investigation into the shooting in greater depth next week.