Alec Baldwin erases Twitter account after ‘Rust’ interview
Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account after he claimed in an interview he hadn’t pulled the trigger of a gun that killed a cinematographer and therefore felt no responsibility for the incident.
The account @AlecBaldwin – which was used by both Baldwin personally and the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation – disappeared this week, shortly after ABC News aired the first interview the actor had given since fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie ‘Rust’.
The account had more than a million followers before it was removed, but attempts to view it now return a notice saying, “This account doesn’t exist.”
Another account owned by Baldwin, @AlecBaldwln____, remains online, with nearly 300,000 followers, but has not been updated since the shooting.
Baldwin killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of the Western movie on October 21, after a prop gun he was holding discharged a live round. According to a lawsuit filed against him, the actor had not been scripted to fire the gun.
In the controversial interview, which aired on ABC News last week, Baldwin insisted he had not fired the gun.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” he said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”
Baldwin also told ABC News he didn’t feel responsible for Hutchins’ death, commenting, “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it isn’t me. I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible, and I don’t say that lightly.”