Matthew Hutchins, the widower of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, is “angry” that Alec Baldwin refuses to claim responsibility for causing her death.
Hutchins spoke to NBC News’ Hoda Kotb in his first interview since his wife was shot on the set of the Baldwin led western last October.
“The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me,” he said of Baldwin’s remarks in an ABC News interview two months later.
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me,” the actor told Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“Watching him I just felt so angry,” Hutchins recalled. “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.”
Baldwin continues to claim that he never pulled the trigger and thought the gun was unloaded, he also said Hutchins had asked him to aim the weapon at her for the camera angle.
“Almost sounds like he was the victim. And hearing him blame Halyna in the interview and shift responsibility to others and seeing him cry about it,” her devastated husband continued. “I just feel — are we really supposed to feel bad about you, Mr. Baldwin?”
“Gun safety was not the only problem on that set. There were a number of industry standards that were not practiced and there’s multiple responsible parties,” he stated.
Hutchins filed a lawsuit against Baldwin and other defendants for the “reckless behavior and cost-cutting” that led to his wife’s “totally preventable” death.
“But in the end, justice won’t bring Halyna back but maybe the memory of her can help keep people safe and prevent something like this from ever happening again,” he concluded.