Alec Baldwin Continues Filming ‘Rust’ After Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Are Filed
It seems as though production for the movie Rust will go on after all – and Alec Baldwin, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins in 2021, will remain its star.
Certain new policies will be enforced for the low-budget movie. Prior to Hutchins’s death, crew members had protested poor working conditions and a camera operator had complained about the lack of gun safety.
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Among the changes are “on-set safety supervisors and union crew members,” in addition to the prohibition of “any use of working weapons or any ammunition,” according to Rust Movie Productions attorney Melina Spadone. Her statement came a day after prosecutors announced that they intended to formally charge Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s armorer.
Assistant director Dave Halls, who denied handing the gun to Baldwin that day and alleged that it was Gutierrez-Reed who did so, accepted a plea deal from New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies. The package will gave probation as well as paying a $500 fine and completing community service hours.
Carmack-Altwies admitted that she gave Halls a lighter punishment in part because of his “cooperation” during inquiry sessions, mentioning their “frank” and “honest” discussions. Special prosecutor Andrea Reeb told NBC News that there was not enough evidence to suggest that he had yelled “cold gun” before the live firearm was given to Baldwin, which some sources like Santa Fe County Sheriff’s affidavits for search warrants claimed.
Halls has agreed to testify truthfully in future hearings and trials involving the incident, without any potential contact with co-defendants or witnesses of the case. It is unclear, however, whether he will side with the prosecution or speak out in support of Baldwin.
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