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Alec Baldwin says he’s not allowed to divulge details of ‘Rust’ investigation

Alec Baldwin told paparazzi on Saturday that he is not allowed to reveal any details about the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his most recent film “Rust,” because the investigation into the incident is ongoing, a video posted on TMZ shows.

“I’ve been ordered by the Sheriff’s Department in Santa Fe. I can’t answer any questions about the investigation,” he said in the video. “I can’t.”

“We are eagerly awaiting to see what the Sherriff’s department to tell us what their investigation has yielded,” he said.

While Baldwin could not answer specific questions about the investigation, he did open up about his friendship with Hutchins.

“She was my friend,” Baldwin said of Hutchins. “The day I arrived in Santa Fe to start shooting I took her to dinner with Joel the director.”

Director Joel Souza was also shot and wounded in the shoulder during the incident. 

“We were a very very … well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened,” he added.

In the video, Baldwin can be seen standing next to his wife, Hilaria, during the tense interaction with paparazzi. At one point, Hilaria got upset when one of the group of photographers was not able to remember Hutchins’s name. 

“Her name is Halyna,” she said. “If you’re spending this much time waiting for us you should know her name.”

Baldwin also talked about Hutchins’s husband and young son, with who he said he is in “constant contact.”

“The guy is overwhelmed with grief,” Baldwin said. “There are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this. This is a one in a trillion episode.”

He noted that he met with the two after the incident but that he “wouldn’t know how to categorize” how it went.

Baldwin added that he couldn’t answer whether or not he would work on another set that used firearms like “Rust.”

“I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” the actor said. “But remember, something that I think is important and that is how many bullets have been fired in films and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off, nearly all of them without incident.”

Baldwin said “this horrible catastrophic thing” shows that new measures need to take place. He clarified, however, that it was not for him to decide. 

“It’s urgent that you understand I’m not an expert in this field so whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets I’m all in favor of and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can.”

Both Baldwin and Hilaria repeatedly note the paparazzi have been following them.

“My kids are in the car crying,” Baldwin said to the photographers. “We sat down as a courtesy now to talk to you. Now please, would you just … leave us alone?”

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