Alec Baldwin will continue to play Rust despite being charged with manslaughter

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust, despite the decision to indict him for the on-set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 64, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Ms Hutchins on the set of a film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mrs. Hutchins was killed when a prop held by Baldwin was fired in October 2021. Rust director Joel Souza was also injured in a shootout at the Bonanza Creek Ranch.

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Vigil for Halyna Hutchins (Andres Leighton/AP/PA)

Melina Spadone, a lawyer for Rust Movie Productions, confirmed that the film is “still on track to be completed with Mr. Baldwin starring and Joel Souza returning as director.”

She confirmed that the project would include “on-set security supervisors and union crew members” and “prohibits the use of working weapons or ammunition.”

Ms. Spadone added that live ammunition is and has always been prohibited on set.

Last week, the district attorney’s office confirmed that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be “alternatively charged” with two counts of manslaughter, meaning a jury will decide not only if they are guilty, but under the definition of involuntary manslaughter. guilty.

The first charge can be described as involuntary manslaughter and requires evidence of underlying negligence.

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Alec Baldwin on the set of the film (Santa Fe/PA County Sheriff)

This charge also includes a misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a firearm, which would likely be combined by operation of law.

The second charge is involuntary manslaughter as a result of a lawful act, which requires proof that more than mere negligence was involved.

Under New Mexico law, both charges are a fourth-degree felony and are punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 (£4,000) fine.

The second charge relates to the enhancement of firearms, which makes the offense punishable by a mandatory sentence of five years in prison.

Assistant director David Halls also signed a plea bargain to charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

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Alec Baldwin (Ian West/PA)

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and Special Prosecutor Andrea Reeb are expected to formally file charges in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico before the end of the month.

At the time, Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, said the decision to prosecute “represents a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

He added: “Mr Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a sharp bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the film set.

“He relied on the professionals he worked with to assure him that the gun had no bullets. We will fight these allegations and we will win.”

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