Actor Baldwin hit with involuntary manslaughter charge in deadly 'Rust' film shooting


Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins

American actor, Alec Baldwin, is to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins during a film set.

Baldwin was said to have fired a prop gun killing Hutchins.

On Thursday prosecutors drop plan to charge the popular actor over the deadly ‘Rust’ film shooting.

According to New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies in a statement, ‘Rust’ actor and producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed would each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Hutchins on the film’s Santa Fe County set in 2021.

If convicted, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will go to prison for 18 months or pay a fine of $5,000.

But CNN added that one definition would involve a firearm enhancement, or added mandatory penalty, because a firearm was involved. In that case, the crime could be punishable by a mandatory five years in jail.

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The district attorney said no charges will be filed specific to the non-fatal shooting of the film’s director, Joel Souza.

Carmack-Altwies added that after a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, she had determined that there was sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew.

She said on her watch, no one is above the law, and that everyone deserved justice.

Film director Joel Souza was also wounded in the shooting, but prosecutors said no charges would be filed in connection with that.

After the shooting, Mr Baldwin said the gun had misfired. He added that he did not pull the trigger on the gun and he was not aware that it was loaded.

“I don’t know what happened on that set. I don’t know how that bullet arrived in that gun. I don’t know,” he said in December 2021 according to BBC.

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