Prosecutors are set to file manslaughter charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by Alec Baldwin on the set of a western in 2021.
Alec Baldwin, armourer to be charged over Rust shooting
Actor Alec Baldwin and armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will be charged with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of western Rust in 2021, a New Mexico prosecutor says.
The charges on Tuesday follow 15 months of speculation whether District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies would find evidence Baldwin showed criminal disregard for safety when a revolver he was rehearsing with fired a live round that killed Hutchins.
The 30 Rock actor has denied responsibility for the shooting, saying he cocked the revolver but never pulled the trigger and it was the job of Gutierrez-Reed and other weapons professionals to ensure it was unloaded.
The most serious charge, which carries five years in jail, would require prosecutors to convince a jury Baldwin was not just negligent but reckless in his use of a firearm.