US Actor Baldwin To Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Over ‘Rust’ Shooting
US actor Alec Baldwin is to be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the accidental shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the low-budget western “Rust,” a prosecutor said Thursday.
Baldwin was holding the Colt .45 during rehearsals for the film when it was discharged, killing Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza in October 2021.
The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was responsible for the weapon, will also be charged with the same crime, New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced.
If convicted, they both face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine, but a firearm enhancement could take that sentence to five years.
“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 file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” Carmack-Altwies said.
“On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
Baldwin repeatedly said he was told by the crew that the gun was not loaded.