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Alec Baldwin: ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’

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Actor Alec Baldwin has spoken for the first time since the shooting which killed a cinematographer on the set of the film, Rust

Alec Baldwin says he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film, Rust.

The actor, speaking for the first time about the incident with ABC News America, made the claim as he spoke to reporter George Stephanopoulos

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,”

The interview was recorded on Tuesday, and is due to be broadcast in the US on Thursday evening.

“I’ve done thousands of interviews in the last 20 years at ABC,” he said. “This was the most intense I’ve ever experienced”

ABC’s Stephanopoulos described their 80-minute discussion as “raw” and “intense, as he spoke to the 63-year-old actor about the incident.

The journalist described Baldwin as “devastated” yet “very candid” and “forthcoming” during a preview of the interview on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

Alec Baldwin is best-known for his performances in films like Cat in the Hat, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Hunt For Red October, as well as his well known impersonations of former US President Donald Trump on US sketch show Saturday Night Live.

Police investigating if recycled ammo was used in Rust shooting
Police investigating if recycled ammo was used in Rust shooting

The investigation into the on-set shooting continues

Police continue to comb through evidence as they probe how the incident occurred. Authorities say Baldwin was told the gun was safe to handle, but they continue to investigate how a live round ended up in the weapon, before it was discharged.

Mr Baldwin was asked during his interview with Stephanopoulos how a live round ended up on the set.

“I have no idea,” the actor said.

“Someone put a live bullet in a gun — a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

Investigators have described “some complacency” into exactly how weapons were handled on the set.

Authorities have stated that it is still ‘too soon’ to determine whether charges will be filed, amid independent civil lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Singing legend Meat Loaf dies

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Legendary singer, Meat Loaf has died aged 74

The American singer was famous for his songs “I’d Do Anything for Love” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”.

Born Marvin Lee Aday, the Grammy Winner passed away on Thursday night.

The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

A post on his official Facebook page read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight”

His wife Deborah was by his side, and his daughters Pearl and Amanda were with him in the hours leading to his death.

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Alec Baldwin hit with massive $25M defamation lawsuit

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Movie star Alec Baldwin is being sued by the family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan

A widow and two sisters of a U.S. Marine officer killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin.

The women are alleging the actor exposed them to a flood of social media hatred by claiming on Instagram that one sister was an “insurrectionist” for attending former President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. rally on January 6 of last year.

According to NBC, the sister by the name of Roice McCollum, protested peacefully and legally.

According to the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, she was not among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day and after being interviewed by the FBI, “was never detained, arrested, accused of or charged with any crime”

The lawsuit comes as Baldwin is immersed in an ongoing investigation into the death of a cinematographer and the wounding of a director on the set of the movie, Rust.

The finer details:

NBC is reporting that last year, Alec Baldwin sent Roice McCollum a $5,000 payment to help the widow of her brother, Marine Lance Cpl Rylee McCollum.

He was among 13 U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing August 26 at the Kabul airport, according to the lawsuit.

On January 3 of this year, the lawsuit claims that the actor privately messaged Roice McCollum on Instagram soon after she posted an almost year-old photo of the Trump rally. The claim states that Baldwin was asking if she was the same woman who’d taken his donation.

The suit says McCollum confirmed she was at the protest and told Baldwin, “Protesting is perfectly legal.”

The suit says Baldwin responded by remarking that “her activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election,” and told McCollum that he’d reposted the photo to his 2.4 million Instagram followers.

After Baldwin shared the photo of the January 6 protest on social media. Roice McCollum got “hundreds upon hundreds of hateful messages,” including one telling her to “get raped and die” and that her brother “got what he deserved,” according to the lawsuit.

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Marvel actor killed in skiing accident

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French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who is set to appear in Marvel’s forthcoming TV series Moon Knight, has died at the age of 37

He was killed during skiing accident in the Alps when he collided with another person.

He suffered severe brain trauma and was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble, where he died the next day. 

Ulliel is one of France’s best-known actors and has appeared in It’s Only the End of the World and Saint Laurent, the biopic of the French fashion designer.

The news of his death came just a day after the trailer for Moon Knight, in which he stars as Midnight Man, was released online.

‘Considerable magnetism’

“French cinema is losing a huge talent, full of charm and energy,” tweeted French finance minister Bruno Le Maire.

Writer and critic Caspar Salmon also paid tribute, describing Ulliel as “an actor of considerable magnetism, talent and beauty, who had already carved out an impressive and varied career”.

He won the best actor Cesar – the French equivalent of an Oscar – in 2017 for his performance opposite Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux in It’s Only the End of the World.

In 2005, he won most promising actor for his performance in the World War One drama A Very Long Engagement, which also starred Audrey Tautou.

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