The husband of the "Rust" cinematographer who was shot and killed during the filming of the Western film on Oct. 21 broke his silence in a new interview. Matt Hutchins revealed his frustrations with Alec Baldwin for not taking responsibility for the shooting death of his wife Halyna Hutchins. The mourning widower also recalled the heartbreaking moment that he told his young son that his mother had died.
In a "Today" interview that aired on Thursday, Hutchins – who traveled 2,000 miles to Halyna's native country of Ukraine to propose only three months after they met – revealed how he found out about his wife being shot on the set of the movie.
"A member of the production team told me that Halyna had been shot, and my heart sank right away," Hutchins told host Hoda Kotb. "It was completely inexplicable to me that it could’ve happened at that moment, and the first thing I thought, I sat down, and I said, 'I have to get my son,' because I had to be with him."
"And so I rushed home, and on the way decided that we had to go to Santa Fe," he said. "When I got through to the doctor and spoke with him, and he detailed exactly what had happened and that she didn't survive, I was heartbroken. And I knew that I had to tell my son right away when I saw him."
"I just had to be very direct and blunt because going to pick him up and go to the airport to go to Santa Fe, I didn’t want him to think that we were going to be seeing her and having fun together, and getting his hopes up," Hutchins said of his 9-year-old son, Andros.
"I told him, sitting together, that his mother had been shot and died. And, of course, he didn't believe it right away. He didn't want to believe it," he explained. "I think that that kind of news you just have to say multiple times so that it can be believed. And so he believed it, and we cried together then."
An emotional Hutchins added, "And every holiday [since], Christmas, New Year's, our anniversary, my birthday, Valentine's Day — I mean every holiday is difficult without her. For me and Andros."
Hutchins slammed Alec Baldwin for his ABC News interview in December, where he confidently proclaimed that he is not responsible for the death of Halyna Hutchins, who was 42 years old.
In the interview, Baldwin told host George Stephanopoulos, "Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property. Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who that is, but I know it's not me."
When asked if he felt any guilt in the death of the cinematographer, Baldwin responded, "No. No. I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible, and I don't say that lightly."
Regarding Baldwin's remarks in December, Matthew said, "Watching him, I just felt so angry. I was just so angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way and then to not accept any responsibility after having just described killing her."
"Almost sounds like he was the victim," he continued. "Hearing him blame Halyna in the interview, and shift responsibility to others, and seeing him cry about it. I just feel like, 'Are we really supposed to feel bad about you, Mr. Baldwin?'"
"The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me," Hutchins declared.
"But gun safety was not the only problem on that set," he added. "There were a number of industry standards that were not practiced, and there's multiple responsible parties."
The family of Halyna Hutchins filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and other producers for their involvement in the fatal shooting on the set of "Rust" on Feb. 15.
"Halyna Hutchins deserved to live, and the Defendants had the power to prevent her death if they had only held sacrosanct their duty to protect the safety of every individual on a set where firearms were present, instead of cutting corners on safety procedures where human lives were at stake, rushing to stay on schedule, and ignoring numerous complaints of safety violations," the lawsuit states.
During the interview, Hutchins was asked, "When do you miss her the most?" After letting out a sigh, Hutchins replied, "I saw a picture of her smiling the other day, and I just thought, 'She'll never smile again.' And that's really hard."
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