Halyna Hutchins' Husband Matt Hutchins Recalls Moment He Learned Of His Wife's Tragic Death After Fatal 'Rust' Set Shooting
Matt Hutchins, the husband of late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, is remembering the devastating moment he learned of his wife's death.
Halyna, 42, was working as the Director of Photography on the film Rust starring Alec Baldwin when the actor fired a prop gun that killed her and injured the movie's director, Joel Souza.
In a new interview with TODAY's cohost Hoda Kotb, Matt sat down to speak out about the tragedy for the first time since his wife was killed in October 2021.
In the heartbreaking conversation, which aired Thursday, February 24, Matt recalled the moment he was told his wife didn't survive the gunshot wound, and how he shared the difficult news with the couple's 9-year-old son, Andros.
"I remember the production team told me that Halyna had been shot and my heart sank right away," he explained in the interview, calling the news "completely inexplicable to me that it could've happened at that moment."
Matt then rushed home to his son and decided they needed to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Halyna was filming.
"I was heartbroken and I knew that I had to tell my son right away, just had to be very direct and blunt," he remembered. "I didn't want him to think that we were going to be seeing her and having fun together."
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"I told him, sitting together, that his mother had been shot," he painfully recalled. "Of course he didn't believe it right away. He didn't want to believe it."
In the interview, Matt also addressed Alec and the role he played in his wife's death, as he claimed to be "angry" that the actor didn't take more responsibility for the incident, as OK! reported.
The 30 Rock actor previously sat down to talk about the accidental shooting, claiming he never actually pulled the trigger on the weapon and is not responsible for Halyna's death.
"The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me," Matt continued during Thursday's conversation.
"Watching him I just felt so angry. I was so angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way and then to not accept any responsibility after just having described killing her," he admitted.
"It almost sounds like he was the victim," Matt added of Alec. "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 suppposed to feel bad about you, Mr. Baldwin?"
Matt has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Alec and several others involved on the film set after insisting there are "multiple responsible parties" for his wife's death. "We're pursuing justice every way we can," the grieving husband added, calling Halyna's passing "totally preventable."
"Justice won't bring Halyna back, but maybe the memory of her can help keep people safe and prevent something like this from ever happening again," he concluded.