“I’m not allowed to comment because it’s an ongoing investigation,” Baldwin told the audience. “I have been ordered by the Sheriff’s Department in Santa Fe. I can not answer questions about the investigation. I can not.”
Hutchins died after Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his film. She was 42.
The film’s director, Joel Souza, 48, was injured in the shoulder.
“She was my friend,” Baldwin told the paparazzi about Hutchins. “The day I arrived in Santa Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner with instructor Joel.”
Baldwin’s wife tried to interrupt him, and he said “sorry” for waving her off, saying, “We were a very very … well-oiled team that recorded a movie together, and then this horrible event happened.”
Authorities are investigating the shooting.
“The facts are clear: a weapon was handed over to Mr. Baldwin,” Mendoza said. “The weapon is functional and fired a round, killing Mrs. Hutchins and wounding Mr. Souza.”
Baldwin reiterated in the more four-minute video released Saturday that he has been told several times that he is not allowed to talk about the ongoing investigation.
He invited other questions, and Baldwin’s wife was upset when one of those who asked could not remember Hutchin’s name.
“Her name is Halyna,” Hilaria said. “If you spend so much time waiting for us, you need to know her name.”
Baldwin said he met with Hutchin’s husband and her young son after the incident, but said he “did not want to know how to categorize” how the meeting went.
“The guy is overwhelmed with grief,” Baldwin said. “There are random accidents on film from time to time, but nothing like this. This is an episode out of a trillion.”
The actor, who also produces “Rust,” said he is in “constant contact” with Hutchins’ husband and son, who is “in shock.”
“We are anxiously awaiting the Sheriff’s Department to tell us what their investigation has yielded,” Baldwin said.
He said he could not answer whether he would ever work on another film set that involved firearms like the ones used on the set for “Rust.”
“I know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I am extremely interested in,” Baldwin said. “But remember, something that I think is important, and that is how many bullets have been fired in movies and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off, almost all without incident . “
In the event that something goes wrong and in the wake of “this horrible catastrophic thing, some new measures need to take place,” he said, including the possibility of using rubber guns or plastic guns.
“It’s not up to me to decide,” Baldwin said. “It’s urgent that you understand that 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, which I fully support and I will cooperate with it in any way I can. “
The Baldwins, who have six children together, declined to say why they stayed in Vermont and asked not to be followed anymore when they said their children sat in the car and cried because they were being persecuted.