Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly for the first time on camera about the cinematographer he fatally shot on the movie set of Rust, calling her a friend and saying he is in “constant contact” with her grieving family.

Baldwin was joined by his wife, Hilaria, when he spoke to photographers and she filmed the exchange with her phone, often trying to get her husband to stop talking.

Baldwin said he was speaking out so the photographers would stop following his family.

Hear what Alec and Hilaria had to say: