Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Alec Baldwin has been charged with “involuntary manslaughter” for the fatal shooting during the filming of the movie “Rust.”

(CNN) — Actor-producer Alec Baldwin has been charged with “involuntary manslaughter” in Thursday’s fatal shooting on the set of “Rust,” the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office said.

“‘Rust’ actor and producer Alec Baldwin and gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reid will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halina Hutchins on the set of the 2021 film in Rust County, Santa Fe,” New Mexico 1st Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altives made the announcement Thursday morning.

The prosecutor’s office also announced in its statement that the film’s assistant director, David Halles, has signed a plea agreement “on a charge of reckless use of a deadly weapon”, adding that the terms of that agreement include a six-month prison term. Includes suspended probation.

The statement added that no charges would be filed against director Joel Souza.

In a written statement, Baldwin’s attorney Chloe Melas said the decision “distorts the tragic death of Helena Hutchins.”

“Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe that there was a live bullet in the gun or anywhere on the set of the film. He relied on the professionals he worked with, who assured him that there was no live bullet in the gun.” There is no bullet. We will fight these allegations and we will win,” he said.

The filming set of “Jung”.

For his part, an attorney for the gun company Gutierrez Reid, Jason Bowles, released a statement saying that “they are absolutely wrong about Hanna: we expect a jury to find her not guilty and conclude that she He is shocked by the tragedy, but he has not committed any crime.

In March 2022, Gutierrez Reed was not called to inspect the gun that ultimately fired a live shot, fatally wounding Hutchins. He released the statement in response to a legal filing in which Baldwin said Hutchins asked him to fire the gun.

“Mr. Baldwin knew that he could not under any circumstances point a firearm at crew members and that he had a duty to protect his fellow crew members,” Gutierrez Reed said.

“However, he pointed the gun at Halina before the fatal incident against all rules and common sense,” he said.

CNN has reached out to actor Alec Baldwin and gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed for comment, and will also reach out to Hall and Souza.

Statement from Prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altives

Prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altweiss spoke with CNN’s Josh Campbell on Thursday about the decision she made regarding whether to file charges in the case. According to him, there were several factors that contributed to the decision, including “the lack of safety and security standards on that set, that there were firearms on set that were mixed in with dummy weapons.”

“Nobody was checking it, or at least not constantly checking it. And then somehow a gun loaded with live bullets got delivered to Alec Baldwin; he didn’t check it, he did it.” Didn’t do anything that “he should have done to make sure that he and everyone else around him was safe.” And then he pointed the gun at Halina Hutchins and pulled the trigger,” he said.

Fiscal Mary Carmack-Altwies.

Fiscal Mary Carmack-Altwies.

“It was a really relaxing set,” he said: “No one was doing their job. There were three people who, if they had done their job that day, could have prevented this tragedy, and they are David Hall, Hannah Gutierrez Reed and Alec Baldwin. If they had done their basic homework, we wouldn’t be here.”


Baldwin was holding a gun in his hand while rehearsing a scene for the film at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico in October 2021 when a shot was fired, killing cinematographer Halina Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza were.

Since then, the episode has sparked a whirlwind of allegations of negligence by those involved. Baldwin says he didn’t pull the trigger.

The postmortem inquest summary of Hutchins’ death, which was formally signed by the New Mexico chief medical investigator, listed the cause of death as “gunshot wound to the chest” and the manner of death as “accident”. listed as “.

News in development.

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