Alec Baldwin to face involuntary manslaughter charges over ‘Rust’ shooting

Source: The Hill | January 19, 2023 | Judy Kurtz

Alec Baldwin will face involuntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie “Rust.”

Baldwin and “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a Thursday statement.

The announcement from the Santa Fe district attorney came more than a year after the October 2021 fatal shooting of Hutchins, caused by a live round fired from a prop gun by Baldwin, the film’s producer and star, while rehearsing a scene on the New Mexico production.

The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also wounded in the shooting. Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will not be charged in relation to Souza’s injury.

“Rust” assistant director David Halls signed a plea agreement for a charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon, according to the district attorney’s office.

“If any one of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor appointed by the district attorney, said in a statement on Thursday. “The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set.”


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