Halyna Hutchins’ husband, Matt Hutchins, sits down for his first TV interview.
In October, actor and producer Alec Baldwin fired the gun that killed the cinematographer and injured writer-director Joel Souza on set in New Mexico.
In the teaser for his interview with Hoda Kotb for “Today,” Hutchins expressed how upset he was to see Baldwin talk about the tragedy when he met ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in December.
Hutchins told Kotb, “Watching it, I felt so angry. I was so angry to see him talk about his death so publicly in such detail and then accept no responsibility after just describing his murder.
In Baldwin’s interview, the actor said, “Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property. Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but I know it’s not me.
In Baldwin’s account, he “didn’t pull the trigger”. He explained, “I cock the gun. I go, ‘Can you see that? Do you see this? Do you see that?’ And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off. I release the hammer of the weapon, the weapon leaves.
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He insisted, “I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger.”
When asked if he blames the majority on Alec, Matt replied, “The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me.”
He noted, “But gun safety wasn’t the only issue on this set. There were a number of industry standards that were not enforced and there are multiple responsible parties. »
Earlier this month, Halyna’s family and estate are suing Baldwin and other “Rust” filmmakers involved in filming on set.
Matt filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming Baldwin “recklessly shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie ‘Rust’.”
The complaint, obtained by “Extra,” alleges that Baldwin “and the other defendants in this case failed to perform industry-standard security checks and follow basic gun safety rules. while using real weapons to produce the film “Rust”, with fatal consequences.”
The complaint continues: “Halyna deserved to live and the defendants had the power to prevent her death if they only held as sacrosanct their duty to protect the safety of every individual on a set where firearms were present instead. from cutting corners on security procedures where human lives were at stake, rushing to meet schedule and ignoring numerous complaints of security breaches.
The complaint reads: “This lawsuit seeks justice for the losses of his survivors and to hold accountable those who caused his tragic death.”
The document also claims that the production was “riddled with breaches of safety protocols that resulted in the presence of live ammunition on set.”
In addition to punitive damages, Halyna’s estate seeks funeral and burial expenses, as well as compensatory damages for “loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, guidance, training, assistance and moral support”.
Hutchins left behind Matthew and their 9-year-old son Andros.
At a press conference announcing the trial, family attorney Brian Panish said, “He lost his longtime wife who was the love of his life, and his son lost a mother. This should never have happened. »
The family’s legal team also released an animated video of what they believe happened before the tragic incident.
Panish added: “We went to the scene, assessed the scene with experts and really dug out what we could. I believe the video explains why Mr. Baldwin and others were and are responsible for job site safety and why their reckless driving and cost-cutting measures resulted in the death of Halyna Hutchins.
In a statement to “Extra,” Aaron Dyer, an attorney for Baldwin and his fellow producers, responded to the lawsuit, saying “any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false.”
“Everyone’s hearts and thoughts remain with Halyna’s family as they continue to process this untold tragedy. We continue to cooperate with authorities to determine how live ammunition arrived on the ‘Rust’ set in the first place” , Dyer continued.
“He, Halyna and the rest of the crew relied on the statement of the two professionals in charge of checking the weapon that it was a ‘cold weapon’ – meaning there is no no chance of a shot, blank or otherwise. This protocol has worked on thousands of movies, with millions of shots, because there has never been an incident on set where a live bullet has injured someone. Actors should be able to rely on gunsmiths and prop department professionals, as well as assistant directors, rather than deciding for themselves when a firearm is safe to use.