The assistant director for the film Rust who handed Alec Baldwin a prop gun that fired and killed a cinematographer supports the actor’s recent assertion that he did not pull the trigger.
Lisa Torraco, the attorney for assistant director for David Halls, spoke for her client during a Thursday appearance on ABC‘s Good Morning America. “Dave has told me since the very first day I met him that Alec did not pull that trigger,” Torraco told reporter Kaylee Hartung.
Torraco said that Halls told her the actor’s finger wasn’t even on the trigger when the shooting occurred. She said, “Baldwin had his finger outside the trigger guard, parallel to the barrel, and that he [Halls] told me since day one he thought it was a misfire.”
On Wednesday, ABC released a clip of a George Stephanopoulos interview with Baldwin that will air as a prime-time special on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
In the clip, Baldwin says he did not pull the gun’s trigger during the shooting incident that took the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded the film’s director, Joel Souza.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them, never,” Baldwin told Stephanopoulos in his first interview since the incident.
Baldwin also said he had “no idea” how a live bullet made it onto the New Mexico movie set and into the prop gun. “Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin says during the interview clip.
Hartung also spoke with Seth Kenney during her segment on Thursday’s Good Morning America. Kenney is the owner of PDQ Arm & Prop LLC, which supplied prop weapons and ammunition to the set of Rust.
On Tuesday, a search warrant was filed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department. In the warrant, Thell Reed, father of Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and a fellow armorer, said he suspected Keneny’s company brought the live ammunition to the Rust set.
Kenney denied that live rounds on theset came from his company and said the FBI has been trying to gain more information about seized ammunition. He said it’s “not a possibility” that the ammo came from his company or himself personally.
Kenney further asserted that dummy rounds had been tested before being provided to the Rust set.
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