Earlier today, we learned that Alec Baldwin and Rust set armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed were both charged on two counts of involuntary manslaughter, after the accidental shooting and killing of 42-year-old cinemaphotographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust back in October of 2021.
The movie’s assistant director, Dave Halls, signed a plea bargain with the District Attorney for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon, and accepted a suspended sentence and six months probation after he handed Baldwin the loaded prop gun, that he told Baldwin was a “cold gun.”
Both Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
The DA appointed prosecutor Andrea Reeb weighed in on the case:
“If any one of these three people, Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed or David Halls, had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.
The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set.
In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”
And now, the lawyers of both Alec Baldwin, and Halyna Hutchins’ family are speaking out about the charges.
According to TMZ, Hutchins family attorney Brian Panish said that they are pleased with the charges:
“We want to thank the Santa Fe Sheriff and the District Attorney for concluding their thorough investigation and determining that charges for involuntary manslaughter are warranted for the killing of Halyna Hutchins with conscious disregard for human life.
Our independent investigation also supports charges are warranted. It is comfort to the family that, in New Mexico, no one is above the law. We support the charges.”
Hutchins’ widow, Matthew Hutchins, settled with Baldwin out of court, and was also named executive producer for Rust as part of the agreement.
On the other hand, Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, does not agree with the charges, and they’re going to fight to prove the actor’s innocence:
“This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun… or anywhere on the movie set.
He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”
Sounds like ol’ Alec still isn’t ready to own up to the responsibility of shooting and killing someone.