Alec Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 'Rust' shooting

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The person responsible for the gun that fired the shot that killed Halyna Hutchins will also go on trial. If convicted, they face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine

Alec Baldwin was charged with manslaughter for the “Rust” shooting

American actor Alec Baldwin. (AP/Seth Wenig, File)

Prosecutors will charge actor Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of the cinematographer in the filming set of the movie “Rush”.

The person responsible for the gun that fired the shot that killed Halyna Hutchins will also be charged, New Mexico 1st Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced.< /p>

If convicted, both face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the State of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the 'Rust' film crew,” Carmack-Altwies said. /p>

“On my watch, no one is above the law and everyone deserves justice,” he said.

New Mexico 1st Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies. (AP/Andres Leighton, File)

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, had said the announcement would be made in a statement and on social media, with no public appearances by prosecutors.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being shot and wounded during set-up for a scene at the ranch outside Santa Fe on October 21, 2021. Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins when the gun discharged, killing her and wounding the director , Joel Souza.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza,who led the initial investigation into Hutchins' death, described “a degree of neglect” on the film set. But he left decisions on possible criminal charges to prosecutors after delivering the results of a year-long investigation in October. That report did not specify how the live ammunition ended up on the film set.

Alec Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the “Rust” shooting

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Taking control of the investigation, Carmack-Altwiesreceived an emergency request for $300,000 for the state to pay for a special prosecutor, special investigator, and other experts and staff.

Baldwin, known for his roles in “ 30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and his impersonation of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live”, described the murder as a “ tragic accident.”

He tried to clear his name by suing the people involved in handling and supplying the loaded gun given to him on set. Baldwin, also a co-producer of “Rust,” said he was told the gun was safe.

In his lawsuit, Baldwin said that while working on camera angles with Hutchins during the rehearsing a scene, he pointed the gun in her direction and pulled back and released the firing pin, which fired.

The New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator< /b>determined the shooting was an accident after completing an autopsy and review of police reports.

The New Mexico Office of Occupational Safety and Health imposed the maximum fine against Rust Movie Productions, based on a scathing narrative of security lapses, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two blank ammunition misfiring on set prior to the accident fatal. shooting.

Rust Movie Productions continues to challenge the basis of a $137,000 fine by regulators who say on-set production managers failed to follow industry-standard protocols for firearms safety.

< p>Alec Baldwin was charged with manslaughter for the “Rust” shooting

An image of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his film “Rust,” is displayed at a vigil for her in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, on October 23, 2021. REUTERS

The gunsmith who supervised the firearms on set, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, has been the subject of much of the scrutiny of the case, along with an independent ammunition supplier. An attorney for Gutierrez Reed has said she did not put a live bullet in the gun that killed Hutchins and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities said they have found no evidence of that.

Investigators initially found 500 rounds of ammunition on the film set outside Santa Fe, a mix of blanks, fake bullets and what looked like real bullets. Industry insiders have said that live rounds should never be on set.

In April 2022, the The Santa Fe Sheriff's Department released a large number of files, including lapel cam video of the mortally wounded Hutchins drifting in and out of consciousness as a medical helicopter arrived. Witness interrogations, email threads, text conversations, ammunition inventories, and hundreds of photographs completed that collection of evidence.

Alec Baldwin was charged with manslaughter for the “Rust” shooting

The set where the deadly shooting occurred (AP /Jae C. Hong, File)

State workplace safety regulators said immediate gun safety concerns were addressed when “Rust” stopped filming, and that a return to filming in New Mexico would be accompanied by new safety inspections. /p>

Hutchins' family, widower Matthew Hutchins and his son Andros, have settled a lawsuit against the producers under a settlement that aims to restart filming with Matthew Hutchin starring as executive producer.

“Rust” was plagued with disputes from its inception in early October 2021. Seven crew members left the set just hours before the fatal shooting in the middle of the discord over working conditions.

Hutchins' death influenced negotiations over safety provisions in the film crews union's contracts with film producers. e Hollywood and encouraged other filmmakers to choose computer-generated gunshots over real weapons with blank ammunition to minimize risks.

(With information from AP)

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