Thursday, May 23, 2024

Prosecutor Says Settlement in Alec Baldwin “Rust” Case Has No Bearing on Possible Criminal Charges


Alec Baldwin may have settled his civil case with the family of Halyna Hutchins but that doesn’t necessarily get him off the hook.

The Santa Fe District Attorney’s office is not letting down. Today they said in a statement: “The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against Rust movie producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins will have no impact on District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis’ ongoing investigation or her ultimate decision whether to file criminal charges in the case. While civil suits are settled privately and often involve financial awards, criminal cases deal only in facts. If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought. No one is above the law.” 

It was only last week that Carmack-Altweis secured $315,000 to begin her prosecution in the “Rust” case. She didn’t name Baldwin specifically, but told the Santa Fe budget office she needed funds to go after between 1 and 4 people in the case, and that one of them had lawyers in New York and Los Angeles.

Hutchins’ husband, meantime, has seemingly agreed as part of his financial settlement with Baldwin to become an executive producer on the movie, “Rust,” even though his wife died on the set. It does appear that he’s sold out, quite thoroughly, with the rationale that he’s finishing Halyna Hutchin’s work. The price was right!

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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