Actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting a cinematographer on the set of a film. western warThis Thursday, January 19, a prosecutor said.
Baldwin was holding a Colt 45 revolver during rehearsals for the film when it went off, killing 42-year-old Halina Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. The incident is of October 2021.
gunman from the movie, Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, responsible for firing the revolver, will also be chargedMary Carmack-Altwies, the first judicial district attorney of New Mexico, announced.
If convicted, both face up to 18 months in prison 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 enough evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the film crew War”, Carmack-Altwiss said.
“No one is above the law and everyone deserves justice,” he said.
Baldwin, 64, repeatedly claimed that the team told him that the gun was not loaded,
former star of the television series 30 rock He had previously stated that he did not pull the trigger, although experts have disputed this claim.
Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nicks, vowed to challenge the allegation, calling it a “terrible miscarriage of law.” “Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe that there was a ‘live’ bullet in the gun or in any part of the gun.” set filming,” he said.
“He trusted the professionals he worked with, who assured him that there were no real bullets in the gun. We will fight these allegations and we will win.”, he insisted.
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assistant director David Halles, who handed the gun to Baldwin and told him it was “cool” (movie slang used to express that it was harmless), Agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.
He will serve a suspended sentence and six months’ probation, according to a statement. No charges will be filed for Souza’s injury.
Baldwin, the film’s co-producer, and Gutierrez-Reid have now been charged with two counts of murder involving varying levels of negligence.
If he decides to indict, that’s who the jury can choose. Both charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 18 months, but one of them, murder in the commission of a lawful act, carries an additional mandatory sentence of five years in prison because a weapon was involved in the death.
“If any of these three people, Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reid or David Halls, had done their job, Halina Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said special prosecutor Andrea Reeb, appointed by the district attorney.
“The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for security on film sets War, “There is no place in New Mexico for film sets that do not take seriously our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety,” he said.
A lengthy investigation looked into how the gun and five others got to the set, focusing on the gun handler and ammunition supplier.
Investigators found that Gutierrez-Reid had put the fatal bullet in Baldwin’s pistol instead of using an identical-looking dummy bullet.
Spies spoke of a lax approach to security during filming, while crew members later stated that precautions had been taken.
The accident shocked Hollywood and prompted calls for a complete ban on the use of real weapons on filming.
Industry experts said that stringent safety regulations are already in place and the only way for such an accident to happen is if they are ignored.
Baldwin entered into an undisclosed settlement with the Hutchins family last year. It was also announced at the time that production on the low-budget film would resume this year.
The widower, Matthew Hutchins, who would become executive producer, said: “All the original main actors” would return to the set.
Souza assured He would dedicate his work to the film “to honor and make the legacy of Halyana proud”.
*With inputs from AFP.