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Alec Baldwin to be charged with involuntary manslaughter over ‘Rust’ shooting

10:27, January 20

Actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed on a film set when he fired a prop gun, BBC News reported.

Baldwin had been rehearsing a scene for the Western film Rust when the shooting happened at a ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico in October 2021.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film's armorer, will also be charged.

Lawyers for both said they intended to fight the charges in court.

Santa Fe's District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced the charges on Thursday, adding that they will be filed by the end of the month.

"Actor and producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter," the statement read. "I have determined that there is sufficient evidence."

Both face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted. They will be tried by a jury, prosecutors said.

Film director Joel Souza was also wounded in the shooting, but prosecutors said no charges would be filed in connection with that.

The film's assistant director David Halls entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon, prosecutors said. He will spend six months serving probation.

In a statement, a lawyer for Hutchins' husband, Matthew, said he supported the filing of the charges. "It is a comfort to the family that, in New Mexico, no one is above the law," he said.

But Baldwin's lawyer, Luke Nikas, called the decision "a terrible miscarriage of justice."

Hutchins died in hospital shortly after she was shot in the chest by a prop gun fired by Baldwin on set. The incident resulted in accusations of negligence and led to calls for better safety protocols on film sets.

In October, the 64-year-old actor and the film's production company reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount with the family of Hutchins.

It came after the cinematographer's husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit which alleged violations of industry standards.

Production of the film had been scheduled to resume this year.

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