Alec Baldwin He has been officially charged with shooting the cameraman. Halina Hutchins On his “Rust” film set, and the DA listed security flaws he says sit squarely at Baldwin’s feet.
According to the charging document, the DA says Baldwin knew the drill… there should have been an armored personnel carrier to make sure it was safe, Baldwin knew it, but he relied on the assistant director. No authority to use a weapon.
The DA says Baldwin was supposed to undergo firearms training but failed to do so. Baldwin’s enlistment requires a minimum of 30 minutes of training, but most of the time is spent talking to his family on his cell phone.
The DA honed in on Baldwin’s television interviews, where he said he didn’t fire the weapon … the FBI and prosecutors dispute. The DA says it has multiple photos and videos that clearly show Baldwin putting his finger on the trigger.
The district attorney goes on to say that Baldwin, the film’s producer, should never have been allowed to hire the production company. Hannah Gutierrez-Reid Because she lacks the required certifications and experience for the job.
Also, the DA lays several security lapses at Baldwin’s door, saying he hasn’t addressed those issues, resulting in crew members walking off the set in protest.
The DA says Baldwin violated the first rule of gun safety — not to fire a firearm at another person, loaded or not.
Also, the DA says guns were an integral part of Baldwin’s 40 films, so he must have known all the protocols.
Prosecutors in Santa Fe County, NM have formally charged Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter. Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, the film’s headgear, has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Both face up to five years in prison if convicted.
As for Assistant Director Dave Halls, he already pleaded guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon — a misdemeanor. According to the deal, Halls will receive a suspended sentence and six months of probation.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Cormack-Altweiss, Alec and Hannah were announced earlier this month He was prosecuted for the fatal shooting With Special Advocate, Andrea Reep “The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the set of ‘Rust.’ There is no place in New Mexico for movie sets that do not take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”
Reeb added … “Halina Hutchins would be alive today if any of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reid or David Halls — had done their job. It’s that simple.”
Alec denied any wrongdoing and insisted he was following instructions during a rehearsal, where he was practicing how to position a pistol for a “cross draw” scene in a church … As the director, Joel Sousa And Halina invented camera angles.
Halls told Baldwin it was a “Cold” gun … That means it was unloaded and safe, and Baldwin says he believed that assurance.
Hanna wasn’t at the church when the shooting happened… but Alec says it was her job to make and check the prop guns.
Shooting A flashback occurred in October 2021 and Alec was torn apart immediately after the incident. Alec has repeatedly said he accepts no responsibility for what he calls a tragic accident, he insisted Not pulling the trigger That fateful day.
The The FBI disagrees With Alec … the feds released a statement saying that a handgun doesn’t fire without someone pulling the trigger … and the DA said it believed the FBI’s analysis.
Halina’s family Filed a wrongful death suit Against Alec and others involved in the production, Baldwin and others are to blame for lapses in safety protocols that led to Halina’s death on set.
Baldwin and Hutchins He settled the caseAgreed to finish filming “Rust” with Halina’s husband, Matthew HutchinsHe became the executive producer of the film.
Alec sued 4 crew members — Gutierrez-Reid, Halls, Sara Chakri And Seth Kenny — alleged failure to provide adequate security on film set.