Fatal shooting on set: actor Alec Baldwin to be charged with manslaughter

The American actor had killed the director of photography Halyna Hutchins with a weapon supposed to contain only blank bullets, on October 21, 2021 on the set of the film “Rust”. The armorer will also be prosecuted.

American actor Alec Baldwin, author of a fatal shooting on the set of the film “Rust” in 2021, will be charged with manslaughter, a prosecutor announced on Thursday January 19.

The gunwoman in the film, who handled the weapon, is the subject of the same charge, said Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies. On October 21, 2021, this filming had turned tragic when Alec Baldwin had activated a weapon supposed to contain only blank bullets, but whose very real projectile had killed the director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured the director Joel Souza.

How did the live bullet get there?

The actor must fall from above, he who said last August that he expected no one to be charged in this case. “I think the investigators will say it was an accident,” he told CNN.

Alec Baldwin always remained on the same line of defense, hammering that he had been assured that his weapon was harmless. The 64-year-old actor, best known for the 30 Rock series, also claimed not to have pulled the trigger, a claim questioned by experts.

The police investigation tried to determine how live ammunition could have been found on the set, which is strictly prohibited to avoid accidents. Officers concluded that the shooting gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, put the ammunition in the gun used by Alec Baldwin, instead of a dummy bullet.

Financial arrangement with the victim’s family

According to claims from Sky News, a civil lawsuit brought by Mamie Mitchell, responsible for the smooth running of the filming, would target Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed and David Halls, the assistant director who gave the gun to the actor.

The latter was also the subject of civil lawsuits brought by the family of Halyna Hutchins. A deal, the amount of which was not disclosed, was announced in October.

The shooting of the film is supposed to resume this year.

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