Alec Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter on film set ‘Rust’

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Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin speak for the first time about the accidental shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of the movie “Rust,” on October 30, 2021, in Manchester, Vermont.

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Alec Baldwin will face criminal charges by New Mexico prosecutors for the fatal 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rest,” authorities said Thursday.

Baldwin, the Emmy-winning star of “30 Rock” and dozens of movies including “The Hunt for Red October,” fired the bullet that killed Hutchins. He and the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, are each charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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“Rust” deputy director David Halls signed a plea deal to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon, resulting in a suspended sentence and six months’ probation, according to New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.

Baldwin’s attorney did not immediately comment.

According to documents obtained by the New York Post in September, the district attorney’s office has been waiting since October 2021 to review evidence from an FBI investigation after the accidental shooting occurred. After the office received the evidence, the prosecutor announced her intention to press charges and requested $635,500 in emergency funding to hire a specialized team, including a new prosecutor, investigator and spokesperson, to handle the case. The DA received about half of the funds requested.

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Hutchins was shot and killed on October 21, 2021 during a scene where Baldwin used a gun filled with live bullet rounds instead of dummies, in violation of Hollywood movie standards. Joel Souza, the film’s then 48-year-old director, was injured by the bullet but later recovered.

David Hall, the film’s assistant director, admitted less than a week after the shooting that he failed to properly check the gun for safety before handing it over to the film’s gunmaker, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who used it for the scene. would pass on to Baldwin.

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Months later in December 2021, Baldwin said he “didn’t pull the trigger” in an TBEN interview. An FBI forensic report obtained by TBEN News found that despite Baldwin’s denial, the gun could not have gone off without pulling the trigger.

Hutchins’ death amplified a wave of rallying cry for safer movie protocols on movie sets. Her family eventually sued Baldwin and the film producers in February 2022 for wrongful death. The lawsuit was settled in October and filming on the movie resumed with Matt Hutchins, Halyna’s widower, serving as executive producer.

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