Matt Hutchins, the husband of the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, is speaking out against Alec Baldwin. As you all remember, tragedy struck on the set of Baldwin’s passion project ‘Rust‘ last October. Halyna was shot and killed by a prop gun, which was fired by Baldwin during rehearsals.
Baldwin has maintained he never actually pulled the trigger, so he’s not sure how the gun fired. You’ll remember two months after the fatal shooting, Baldwin gave a tearful interview to ABC News, in which he took no direct responsibility for Halyna’s death, most likely being directed by his lawyers.
Baldwin also told ABC News that Halyna Hutchins had asked him to point the prop gun just off-camera and toward her arm just before it fired.
Now her husband, Matt, is speaking out. He sat down for an interview with TODAY, and during the interview, he called out Baldwin.
The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me. Watching him I just felt so angry. I was just so angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way and then to not accept any responsibility after having just described killing her.
The Hutchins family filed a lawsuit on February 15 against Baldwin and others involved with the film. The suit claims “reckless” behavior and cutting costs led to the death of Halyna.
The movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who is also named in the Hutchins family’s lawsuit, said in another lawsuit filed by her attorneys in January that she loaded the prop gun with what she believed were dummy rounds. Gutierrez-Reed also names in her suit crew member Seth Kenney, who supplied ammunition to the set.
It’s a huge legal mess, but hopefully everyone finds what they’re looking for. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Halyna’s friends and family.