The state of New Mexico has approved a budget allocation of $317,000 so that prosecutors can file charges and prosecute four people, including actor Alec Baldwin, who died in an accident that killed cinematographer Helena Hutchings.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the money will be used to appoint a special prosecutor, Andrea Reeb, as the case’s supervisor and cover all costs related to the trial.
In a previous letter, dated August 30 and published by the local newspaper Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe County (New Mexico) prosecutor, Mary Carmack-Altweis, stated that up to four people could face criminal charges for the accident and Asked to finance the case.
“One of the potential defendants is renowned actor Alec Baldwin,” he said in the letter, which did not include the other three.
The prosecutor insisted that “if the charges are reasonable”, he planned to prosecute the four men “immediately”, which would be “costly” and for which he requested an emergency fund of $635,000, which he ultimately agreed. . ,
The terms and dates currently being considered for the celebration of the alleged trial are unknown.
For his part, Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikes, responded Monday with a statement in which he assured that “the district attorney’s office has made it clear that it has not received the sheriff’s report nor decided Who will be charged.” ,
“During my communication with the prosecutor’s office a few weeks ago, after the funding request was filed on August 30, I was told that it was too early to discuss the matter because they had not yet reviewed the file and charged The decision to do so has been discussed.” , He added.
The “Rust” case focuses on the incident during the filming of the film on October 21, when director of photography Helena Hutchins died after being shot by a gun during a rehearsal held by actor Alec Baldwin.
Director Joel Souza was also injured during the incident.
Subsequently, the Hutchins family condemned Baldwin for reckless murder, but prosecutors did not bring any charges against the actor.
In a parallel investigation, New Mexico (United States) officials fined the filming producers of “Rust”, including Baldwin, $140,000 in April for not guaranteeing safety protocols.