New Mexico state prosecutors announced that Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew will have to answer for involuntary manslaughter for the accident that culminated in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, in 2021. The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the publication, Baldwin and the gunsmith of the production, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, will be indicted. In addition, David Halls, the assistant director, also signed a plea agreement for the negligent use of a lethal weapon on location charge. The terms of the settlement reportedly include a six-month sentence of probation.
A few months after the Rust accident, Halls admitted that he failed to check all the ammunition in the gun, thus breaking the usual security protocol of Hollywood productions.
In 2022, the US court ruled that the film’s producers should pay a fine of US$139,800 (R$641,300) to the cinematographer’s family. OSHA (Office of Occupational Safety and Health) came to the conclusion that the production of the film made and disclosed serious safety errors, resulting in the shot accidentally fired by Baldwin that killed Hutchins.
In addition to Hutchins, Rust director Joel Souza was also shot at the same time, but survived.