Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria have spoken out about the shooting of Halyna Hutchins in a fiery exchange with paparazzi.
The 63-year-old actor spoke to a group of local media on Saturday while staying in Vermont, which quickly turned into a very tense conversation.
Alec said he was unable to give any details on the ongoing investigation into Halyna’s death, citing instructions from the Santa Fe Country Sheriff’s Office, but he did speak about his relationship with the cinematographer.
“It’s an active investigation in terms of a woman dying,” he said.
“She was my friend. The day I arrived on set and started shooting I took her to dinner with Joel, the director.”
“We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.”
One of the paparazzi began to ask Alec about the meeting he had with Halyna’s husband and son, but forgot her name while phrasing the question.
This action sparked a furious response from Baldwin’s wife Hilaria.
“Halyna, her name is Halyna,” she said.
“If you are spending this much time waiting for us you should know her name.”
“You don’t know her name?” said Baldwin, before confirming he had met with Ms Hutchins’ husband Matthew and her nine-year-old son.
“I wouldn’t know how to characterise it. They’re mortified,” he said.
Hilaria interrupted again, saying, “You guys, you guys. You know what, no details.”
Alec then turned to her and said, “Do me a favour, I am going to answer the questions.”
After a few more questions, Baldwin asks the paparazzi to leave him alone, saying “my kids are in the car crying”.
“As a courtesy I came to talk to you. I am not allowed to comment on the investigation, I talk to the cops every day,” he said.
“We sat down as a courtesy to talk to you, now please, would you just stop following us. Just leave us alone. We gave you everything.”
The accidental shooting took place on the film set of Rust in New Mexico on October 21st, as Alec fired a gun that killed Halyna Hutchins and injured the film’s director Joel Souza.
Both assistant director David Halls and armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed have been questioned as part of the investigation into how Baldwin ended up handling a gun loaded with live ammunition.
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This article first appeared on Over60.