New Mexico state prosecutors announced Thursday that they must formally charge actor Alec Baldwin and members of the Rust crew in the death of director Halyna Hutchins on set. New Mexico’s first district attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies, said “sufficient evidence” was found for the charges.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the State of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the film crew of rust“, he said. Baldwin will answer in court for manslaughter, with no intent to kill.
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In October 2021, an accident on the set of rust killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. At the time of the incident, actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene when he fired a cinematic gun loaded with real bullets.
At the time, Baldwin said the team told him the gun was cold. That is, it was safe to use on stage. Prosecutor Carmack-Altwie, on the other hand, stated in an interview that “you shouldn’t point a gun at someone who isn’t willing to shoot. That goes against basic safety standards.”
Dave Halls, the film’s assistant director, pleaded guilty, saying he failed to fully inspect the cinematic weapon before handing it over to Alec Baldwin.