Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Alec Baldwin Faces Potential Criminal Charges in “Rust” Movie Case as Santa Fe DA Asks for “Emergency Funding” to Try Four Possible Homicide Statutes


This is serious– and why Alec Baldwin has been selling off his New York properties.

Last week the Santa Fe District Attorney participated in a Zoom meeting with the New Mexico State Board of Finance to get emergency funding for four possible murder trials in the “Rust” movie case.

D.A. Mary Carmack-Altwies said she was waiting for the final report from the Sheriff’s Department, that could come in “weeks if not days.” She told the board there was the potential of charging between “1 and 4 people with criminal charges, homicide cases.”

Carmack-Altweis said, “One of the people we’re looking at has attorneys in New York and Los Angeles.” That would be Baldwin.

Last year, on October 21, 2021, Baldwin allegedly pulled the trigger on a prop gun that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. Baldwin claimed that he never pulled the trigger. But a report that came out later stated it was impossible he didn’t. Baldwin and others from the set have been sued civilly over Hutchins’ death.

The D.A. asked for $635,000, saying that her office wasn’t big enough to handle the cases and needed to hire a full time attorney and more staff. The Board of Finance approved just half that amount, suggesting they’re not convinced about putting funds to the prosecution. Baldwin’s very expensive defense lawyers on both coasts definitely took notice of the Board of Finance’s ambivalence in pursuing the matter.

The D.A. definitely has an uphill battle to prosecute these cases they way she’d like.

You can fast forward to 1:35 to pick up this discussion.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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