Actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with manslaughter in the fatal 2021 shooting that took place on the set of the movie “Rust,” the Santa Fe district attorney announced Thursday.
The film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on the New Mexico set, will also be charged with manslaughter. The film’s assistant director, David Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and Special Counsel Andrea Reeb announced the charges in a written statement after spending more than two months considering a final investigative report from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
baldwin accidentally shot and killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, with a .45 revolver on October 21, 2021, while on the film set in New Mexico. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured during the shooting.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation in 2022 into the fatal shooting, which occurred due to the mishandling of firearms on set. Carmack-Altwies’ office received the reports in October and said they would be used to drive “a thorough review of the information and evidence to make a thoughtful and timely decision about filing charges.”
According to CNN, an affidavit for a search warrant released in October 2021 said Deputy Chief David Halls handed one of the prop weapons to Baldwin and yelled “cold gun,” a term used to indicate that a firearm was not it has real bullets. The affidavit also said that Halls did not know the gun had live cartridges before Baldwin fired it.
Baldwin said that he was pointing the gun off camera toward Hutchins, on his instructions, and the gun fired without him pulling the trigger. during a interview with ABC News In December 2021, Baldwin became emotional when speaking about how he felt about the fatal incident. But he added that he would not take responsibility for the shooting.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.” Baldwin saying in the interview “Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but I know it’s not me.”
The Hutchin family sued Baldwin and the film’s producers in February 2022, stating that the “reckless conduct and cost-cutting measures” of Baldwin and the producers resulted in Hutchins’ death.
the family eventually reached an agreement with Baldwin in October 2022. A month later, the actor attempted to clear his name suing the people responsible for handling and supplying the weapon that killed Hutchins.
Questions were raised about on-set safety procedures prior to shooting, as camera crew members reportedly left the set protesting unsafe working conditions and lack of firearms safety. Shortly after the shooting, Baldwin posted an open ad letter on Instagram signed by 25 other cast and crew members addressing allegations about poor working conditions on set.
“Descriptions of Oxide as a chaotic, dangerous and exploitative workplace are disingenuous and distract from what matters most: the memory of Halyna Hutchins and the need to find modern alternatives to the industry’s outdated safety and firearms practices.” letter saying.