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Alec Baldwin Facing Charges of Accidental Manslaughter in Connection with ‘Rust’ Fatality

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Alec Baldwin Facing Charges of Accidental Manslaughter in Connection with ‘Rust’ Fatality

Both Baldwin and the movie’s armorer will be prosecuted for the inadvertent shooting of Halyna Hutchins.

During the production of the film Rust in 2021, director of photography Halyna Hutchins tragically lost her life as a result of actor Alec Baldwin mistakenly discharging a live round from a prop firearm. This triggered a comprehensive inquiry to identify who was responsible for the tragedy and the specific factors that led to it. Baldwin maintained that he did not purposefully pull the trigger of the weapon, while set armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed contended that the ammunition was meant to be simulated.

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This week, a ruling has been made in the matter. Both Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed will be accused of involuntary manslaughter for the demise of Halyna Hutchins, as they neglected to ensure the security of the prop weapon prior to its use on set, despite the incident not being a deliberate act.

“Any individual handling a firearm has a responsibility to confirm that if they decide to handle that firearm, aim it at someone, and pull the trigger, it will not discharge a projectile and cause harm to someone,” stated New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies to CNN.

A jury will be empaneled to select a court to adjudicate the case. In the event of a guilty verdict, Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed could face a maximum of 18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000. However, the involvement of a firearm in the incident could lengthen the prison term to a maximum of five years.

Carmack-Altwies emphasized that “just because it’s an accident doesn’t mean it’s not culpable.”

“Our involuntary manslaughter law encompasses unintentional fatalities,” she elaborated. “Unintentional signifies they didn’t have the intention to kill. However, it occurred nonetheless, and it occurred due to something beyond simple negligence… They failed to exercise proper caution or prudence, and that’s what transpired here.”

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