Alec Baldwin has spoken out in public for the first time since he accidentally shot dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a film set earlier this month.
Speaking to reporters, the actor said he would be in favor of limiting the future use of firearms on film productions to protect peoples’ safety. He said the police had ordered him not to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Prosecutors say they have not ruled out filing criminal charges over the case. Hutchins, 42, was shot on the set of the western film Rust in the US state of New Mexico, when Baldwin unknowingly fired a gun loaded with a real bullet.
The movie’s director, Joel Souza, was wounded in the shoulder.
Baldwin told photographers who had been following him and his family in the state of Vermont; “She was my friend. The day I arrived in Santa Fe and started shooting I took her to dinner with Joel,”
“We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.” Baldwin said the incident was a “one in a trillion episode” and that accidents of this nature very rarely happen.
He added; “An ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,”