Alec Baldwin Will Be Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in ‘Rust’ Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins
Alec Baldwin will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter after the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film Rust, ABC News reports. The actor, who was holding the gun that went off and killed Hutchins, has denied responsibility in her death.
Both Baldwin and Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed are facing involuntary manslaughter charges. Dave Halls, first assistant director on Rust, gave the gun to Baldwin before Hutchins was killed. He previously pleaded guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon, per The New York Times.
“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,” said Andrea Reeb, special prosecutor appointed by the Santa Fe district attorney, per The Times. “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.”
According to CNBC, one of the two counts of involuntary manslaughter Baldwin has been hit with is a fourth-degree felony, meaning he could serve up to 18 months in jail and pay a $5,000 fine. The second involuntary manslaughter charge could mean five years in jail for Baldwin.
The actor, who has enjoyed a decades-long career in Hollywood with roles in films like Glengarry Glen Ross, Blue Jasmine, The Departed and Beetlejuice and in shows like 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, has been adamant he was not responsible for Hutchins’ death. Baldwin claimed in an ABC News interview in December 2021 that he “would never pull the trigger” that killed the cinematographer on set in October of that year.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never. Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” he said at the time.
Baldwin has since sued the Rust crew for negligence, claiming “Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets or the gun carefully, Halls failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to [him].”