Many of y’all remember when Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinemaphotographer Halyna Hutchins with a loaded prop gun on the set of Rust.
After the tragedy, Baldwin claimed he never even pulled the trigger, while former crew members on the set that day began to wrack up lawsuits against the famed actor.
However, it appears that both Baldwin, and the family of Hutchins, are ready to put all of legal matters behind, as Halyna’s husband Matthew is no longer pursuing a lawsuit after they reached an out of court settlement, according to TMZ.
“We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of ‘Rust,’ including Alec Baldwin and ‘Rust’ Movie Productions, LLC. As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed.
The filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board in January 2023. I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin).
All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”
Perhaps the wildest part of the whole story, though, is that they’re going to continue filming Rust, with Baldwin keeping his lead role, as well as all of the other original cast members…
And believe it or not, Matthew Hutchins is the new executive producer for the movie.
Attorneys and a rep for Rust Movie Productions LLC added that they were happy to have reached a settlement with Matthew, and ecstatic they can continue with filming.
Alec Baldwin also spoke out on the situation, saying:
“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”
However, although Matthew has reached a settlement, Alec Baldwin could still possibly be prosecuted by the Santa Fe County D.A.
It was reported last week that criminal charges still could be filed after an FBI investigation determined that Baldwin DID pull the trigger.