A week after filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and Rust producers over the shooting of his wife Halyna Hutchins, Matthew Hutchins is speaking out publicly about his anger towards the actor, insisting that Baldwin is responsible for her death.
Hutchins says he was deeply upset by Baldwin’s ABC interview in which the actor claimed he doesn’t feel culpable for the cinematographer’s death.
“The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me,” Hutchins told Hoda Kotb in an interview with the Today Show on Thursday morning.
“Watching him I just felt so angry,” he continued. “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.”
However, despite his anger at Baldwin specifically, Hutchins insists that there are multiple people who bear responsibility for his wife’s tragic death.
“Gun safety was not the only problem on that set,” he said. “There were a number of industry standards that were not practiced and there’s multiple responsible parties.”
Of course, the producers of Rust beg to differ, and they issued a joint statement in response to Hutchins’s lawsuit.
“He (Baldwin), Halyna and the rest of the crew relied on the statement by the two professionals responsible for checking the gun that it was a ‘cold gun’ — meaning there is no possibility of a discharge, blank or otherwise,” the statement read. “This protocol has worked on thousands of films, with millions of discharges, as there has never before been an incident on a set where an actual bullet harmed anyone. Actors should be able to rely on armorers and prop department professionals, as well as assistant directors, rather than deciding on their own when a gun is safe to use.”
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