Hilaria Baldwin appeared to act as a decoy on Friday, luring press to gather around her after promising a statement only to give them no new information — while her husband, actor Alec Baldwin, ducked out a side door into a waiting vehicle.
As the New York Post reported, members of the press had effectively surrounded the Baldwins’ home, apparently hoping to get a statement from the actor — who was officially charged earlier this week with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust.”
Stepping outside with her youngest child, nearly four-month-old Ilaria Catalina Irena Baldwin, Hilaria told reporters that she had something to say — and she instructed them to listen closely, as she was not going to repeat her statement more than once.
“I’m only gonna say it once. I’m going to tell you what I want to say. I want you guys to realize we have seven kids,” she said as the press gathered around her. “You being here [when I have to] escort them to school and when they come home — is not good. On a human level, you guys know I’m not going to say anything to you. You know that. So please leave my family in peace. And let this all play out.”
While she was talking, her husband reportedly slipped out a side door and into a waiting vehicle, driving away before anyone could ask him any questions.
“So let my kids come home and you stay away from them,” she said. “Because they ask me, ‘Mommy, what are these people doing?’ And it’s a very hard thing as a mom, to try and explain. So please, go home,” she continued. “I am not going to say anything and Alec is not going to say anything.”
She turned and walked back into the building then, offering the doorman a high-five on her way through the door.
Meanwhile, the actor was seen in public for the first time since the charges were brought against him, shielding his face with an envelope as he walked into the Film Center Building on 9th Ave. Baldwin has said that he plans to fight the charges against him.