“I can’t comment because the investigation is ongoing,” Baldwin told those gathered. “I was ordered by the sheriff’s department in Santa Fe. I can’t answer any questions about the investigation. I can’t.”
Hutchins died after Baldwin fired a props gun while filming his film. She was 42 years old.
The film’s 48-year-old filmmaker Joel Souza was wounded in the shoulder.
“She was my friend,” Baldwin told the paparazzi about Hutchins. “The day I arrived in Santa Fe to start filming, I took her to dinner with director Joel.”
Baldwin’s wife tried to interrupt him and he said, “I’m sorry” to wave to her when he said, “We were a very very … well-oiled team shooting the movie together and then this horrible event happened.”
Authorities are investigating the shooting.
“The facts are clear: Mr. Baldwin was handed the weapon,” Mendoza said. “The weapon is functional and fired a live bullet, killing Mrs. Hutchins and injuring Mr. Souza.”
Baldwin reiterated in a four-minute video released Saturday that he had been told several times not to talk about the ongoing investigation.
He invited other questions and Baldwin’s wife was upset when one of the respondents could not remember the name Hutchins.
“Her name is Halyna,” Hilaria said. “If you spend so much time waiting for us, you should know her name.”
Baldwin said he met her husband Hutchins and her young son after the incident, but said he “would not know how to categorize” how the meeting went.
“The boy is overwhelmed with grief,” Baldwin said. “Occasionally, random accidents happen in movie theaters, but nothing like that. It’s one in a trillion episodes.”
The actor, who also produces “Rust,” said he is in “constant contact” with Hutchins’ husband and son, who are “in shock.”
“We look forward to the sheriff’s department telling us what their investigation has yielded,” Baldwin said.
He said he could not answer whether he would ever work on another film scene that includes a firearm as was used in the filming of “Rust.”
“I know I am very interested in the ongoing efforts to limit the use of firearms in film venues,” Baldwin said. “But remember, something that seems important to me, and that’s how many bullets have been fired in movies and TV shows in the last 75 years? That’s America. How many bullets have been fired, almost all without incident.”
In case something goes wrong and after “this horrific disaster, some new action needs to be taken,” he said, including the possibility of using rubber guns or plastic guns.
“It’s not up to me to decide,” Baldwin said. “It is imperative to understand that I am not an expert in this area, so whatever others choose is the best way to protect the safety of people in film venues that I all support and I will be involved with everyone as best I can.”
The Baldwins, who have six children together, declined to say why they stayed in Vermont, and asked not to be accompanied anymore as they said their children in the car were crying because they were being chased.