Alec Baldwin to be charged with involuntary manslaughter over ‘Rust’ shooting
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on January 20, 2023
Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb have today announced actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with ‘involuntary manslaughter’ following the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the 2021 accident.
Hutchins died shortly after being wounded by a gunshot during setup for a scene at the ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on 21 October 2021. Baldwin was pointing a pistol at Hutchins when the gun went off, killing her and wounding Souza.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, who led the initial investigation into Hutchins’ death, described “a degree of neglect” on the film set. But he left decisions about potential criminal charges to prosecutors after delivering the results of a yearlong investigation in October. That report did not specify how live ammunition wound up on the film set.
Baldwin – known for his roles in 30 Rock and The Hunt for Red October and his impression of former President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live – has described the killing of Hutchins.