Actor Alec Baldwin has been charged with Manslaughter after being charged of Show recklessness behavior resulted in in the deadly shooting of Cinematographer Helena Hutchins on the set of Western movie “Rust”. in New Mexico in 2021, according to court records.
District Attorney Mary Carmack Altwis filed charges months later of Speculation as to whether she had evidence of Baldwin’s action with criminal Negligence at handgun with who was training him, fired A.J live round that killed Hutchins.
Baldwin W set Arms manufacturer Hana Gutierrez Reid has been charged with Tahman of Manslaughter: the most serious charge and possible punishment of five years in jail. will require it prosecutors to convince the jury that Baldwin acted with Willful neglect for the safety of others.
Attorney for Baldwin declined to comment. Gutierrez Reid’s lawyer said the attorney general “completely misunderstood and built up the facts.” wrong Conclusions.
Baldwin’s case is remarkable in That there is little or no precedent for Hollywood actor l face criminal shipment for a on-set shooting.
Permit of probable cause by the prosecution special Detective Robert Schilling, made clear That Baldwin was accused as an actor and producer on the least-budget movie.
Baldwin failure For adequate firearms training, check out with The weapon whether the gun is loaded or the title safety Complaints from the crew were cited by Shilling as some of his many “reckless actions or reckless failures to act” in the ten days leading up to Hutchins death.
The “30 Rock” actor denied responsibility for shooting inside a movie-set saying that Hutchins directed him to direct gun In the cameraand made the revolver but never drew the revolver trigger.
Baldwin said live Ammo should It was not allowed on the set And that was the job of Gutierrez Reid W first assistant director Dave Holz ensure the gun He was discharged, a position endorsed by many actors and SAG-AFTRA union.
Videos from inside the church before the shooting show Baldwin with his finger on The trigger, Schilling said. FBI forensic pathologist test of the revolver found She was “working normally” and wouldn’t fire without the trigger being pulled.
The prosecution used Baldwin’s comments to media against him, saying the investigation showed he deflected the firearm safety established protocols out in TV interviews. Baldwin would have been better off not making it public “Remarks about these incidents,” attorney Kate Mangles said. with Entertainment law firm Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley.
Still, prosecutors he could face Long odds of convincing the jury of Baldwin’s criminal responsibility as assured to gun It didn’t load and it would be hard to blame him for All the movie claims safety legal analysts said
No other product has been accused of “rusting”.
Shipping documents were held by Gutierrez Reed responsible for “Allow live Ammo on the setBut he didn’t accuse her of Getting them physically into production.
Gutierrez Reid said she brought two boxes of Stupid rounds on me set from ex movie. Supply company PDQ Arms and Prop also I provided the doll rounds and blanks. FBI test found live Long Colt .45 rounds Taken from PDQ in Albuquerque has not match Those found In the movie setincluding round that killed and wounded Hutchins director Joel Souza.
As a gunsmith responsible for gun safety And training, Gutierrez Reid failed To provide enough instruction to Baldwin, check out rounds Loaded into the gun, or remain Present during training ensure The actor did not point the gun at Hutchins, though special said the investigator.
Gutierrez Reed said she verified that rounds They were dolls before delivery gun to the halls and to leave the church due to COVID-19 protocols. Holles then handed it over to Baldwin, telling him it was “a common cold gunWhich means it did not contain an explosive device, according to the police.
Halls signed a plea Deal for a misdemeanor charge and cooperation is expected with spp. Gutierrez-Reed said her requests were denied by the producers for Additional firearms training, incl with Baldwin.
Gabrielle Bickle, Line Producer on the movie and on Dec. 20 testified to the New Mexico factor safety OSHA that’s it of Gutierrez Reed Requests for extra days for Gunsmith duties were given.
On December 7, Gutierrez-Reed testified to OSHA that Baldwin’s lack of Knowledge and “bad form” in using A revolver may have resulted in the discharge that killed Hutchins.
said her attorney, Jason Bowles Hales senior in The production was wrong for Don’t call Gutierrez Reid back In the Church perform armored duties.
“We will fight these charges and we expect the jury to find Hannah not guilty.” in Permit.
defendants face A court summons, which can be done virtually, and then a preliminary hearing where the judge will decide if there is probable cause to move forward with trial. Preliminary hearings are usually scheduled within 60 days of Charges are filed.