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Charges Announced Against Alec Baldwin in ‘Rust’ Shooting

The prosecutors in New Mexico have just announced that actor Alec Baldwin is going to face two felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in regard to the fatal shooting of the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins.

This follows more than a year of an investigation into the shooting. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also wounded by Baldwin’s firing of the gun.

The prosecutors also brought involuntary manslaughter charges against the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who loaded the gun.

The assistant director, David Halls, who was also involved in passing the gun to Alec Baldwin, accepted a misdemeanor charge in a plea deal.

New Mexico’s First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced the charges Thursday, nearly 15 months after Baldwin fired the live round from his prop gun.

The decision comes three months after Baldwin and the film’s other producers struck a proposed settlement agreement with Hutchins’ family to end the wrongful death civil lawsuit they filed early last year. The family initially blamed Hutchins’ death on cost-cutting measures and reckless behavior by Baldwin and others.
Under the proposed deal, which must be approved by a judge, the movie’s production would resume this year. With the settlement agreement, the family’s tenor also changed. The cinematographer’s widow, Matthew Hutchins, said: “Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.”

After news of the family’s proposed settlement, Carmack-Altwies’ office released a statement saying: “No one is above the law.”

8 Comments
  • DemoRatsDonations says:

    Baldwin will get a little slap on his trigger finger because he voted for Biden and vows to donate a million dollars to the DNC before Nov 2024

  • Quasimodo 2020 says:

    I agree with hutchins husband it was a terrible accident but one that could have been avoided if baldwin would not have been handling a firearm in a wreckless and negligent manner…baldwin is no different then a drunk driver that kills someone and no less criminal. it was an accident it was not intentional but it would not have happened with out baldwins careless actions.

    • MereAnne says:

      It could have been avoided if the person who put the live round in the gun did not. Has it been determined how the live round got into the gun because that is a vital factor in the tragic accident that day.

  • Policestate says:

    Baldwin should not be charged, But the armourer should be. They were hired to take care of the arms used and to ensure the safety of people on the set.

    • GATOR says:

      All of them, Baldwin too, should be charged with felonies not just misdemeanors.

      He’s been an actor for decades. He knows that stuff could happen, so he should’ve checked it first before using it.

      If negligent homicide is less than involuntary homicide then that should be given.

  • la migra says:

    It couldn’t happen to a bigger prick!

  • Nana says:

    THE ONLY person at fault here, was Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who loaded the gun. It was her JOB to make sure it was only using blanks.

    • Peggy says:

      Bet she didn’t load it.
      The replacement crew that baldwin hired were using the set weapons for target practice in the boundaries of the set. The weapon wasn’t cleared. Alec was the producer…he was ultimately in charge of everything happening on the set. The original crew (the highly trained/experienced/unionized crew) quit because of unsafe conditions on the set that baldwin wouldn’t correct.
      He wanted the film finished so he hired locals that weren’t trained or experienced. Also, baldwin pulled the trigger.

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