Actor Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, claimed her husband has been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder for a “very, very long time” even before the shooting incident on the set of his film “Rust” in October.
“We oftentimes have people creating news stories about us. My husband is suffering from PTSD right now. It’s not from what just happened recently, but he’s been suffering from this for a very very very long time,” she wrote on Instagram, possibly referring to an incident where Baldwin was filmed approaching a New York Post reporter in Manhattan.
“These people know this and they want to poke at him. They want to upset him. I’m at a place where I’m tired of not talking,” said Hilaria, who was also seen in the Post reporter’s video footage holding a cellphone and recording the reporter.
On Monday, Post reporter Jon Levine asked Baldwin outside a home: “Mr. Baldwin, I have to ask you, what brings you to New York City?”
“Mr. Baldwin, who is here?” Levine asked as Hilaria Baldwin told him: “I asked you to go away. Please go away.”
Alec Baldwin then appeared to lose his temper and charged at the reporter while holding an umbrella in his hands. He repeatedly said it is a “private home.”
Her comments came after Alec Baldwin, 63, gave an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and claimed he wasn’t responsible for the shooting incident that left “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me,” he said. “Honest to god, if I felt I was responsible, I might have killed myself.”
Baldwin added that it is essential for investigators to find out who put the bullet in the gun he fired, that was supposed to be empty. Director Joel Souza was injured in the shooting.
At Hutchins’ direction Baldwin pulled the hammer back, he told ABC.
“I let go of the hammer and ‘bang’ the gun goes off,” he recalled.
Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on the “Rust” set. They have said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed, amid independent civil lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.
Baldwin said he met with the film’s armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed for a gun training session before the shoot, and she appeared capable and responsible.
“I assumed because she was there and she was hired that she was up to the job,” he said.
But Reed’s attorneys have said that she didn’t put the round in the gun, and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities say they’ve found no evidence of that.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.