Alec Baldwin to face manslaughter charge over cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death on set
The American actor Alec Baldwin will be accused of manslaughter for the death of Halyna Hutchinsthe director of photography died on set of the western film Rust in October 2021. This was decided by the New Mexico district attorney’s office, fifteen months after the accident.
The accident on the set of the film Rust
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins passed away after being hit by a live bullet loaded into a prop weapon that Alec Baldwin was handling during the filming of the western film RustNew Mexico.
The plaintiff was intent on rehearse a scene in which he was supposed to draw his pistol from its holster and fire a shot at the video camera. On that occasion a shot was fired from the weapon held by Baldwin, which wounded the director Joel Souza in the shoulder and then struck Hutchins, killing her.
The plaintiff later stated that he did not know the gun was loaded with live ammunition and never had held down the trigger.
Alec Baldwin will be charged with manslaughter
Fifteen months after the tragic accident on the set of the film Rust, the District Attorney’s Office of the New Mexico investigating the case announced that Alec Baldwin will be indicted manslaughter charge for his role in Hutchins’ death.
In addition to the actor, the person in charge of the weapons on the set will also be accused of involuntary homicide, Hannah Gutierrez Reed. The charges will be formalized by the end of the month.
Assistant director David Halls has signed a plea deal on charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
What risks Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin will then go to trial for the death of Halyna Hutchins. If found guilty, the plaintiff faces a maximum penalty of 18 months of imprisonmentunder New Mexico state law for the crime of involuntary manslaughter.
On the civil level, however, it was civil case dismissed brought by the Hutchins family against the producers of the film, including the actor himself. In fact, last October the parties reached an agreement which provides for the closure of the case and the resumption of production on the film.
As part of the deal, the details of which were not disclosed, Halyna Hutchins’ husband will become one of the film’s executive producers.
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