Wednesday, June 19, 2024

UPDATE Alec Baldwin Isn’t Off the Hook on “Rust” Shooting, But the Worst Charges Against Him Are Gone


Alec Baldwin isn’t off the hook in the “Rust” killing of cinemaographer Halyna Hutchins.

But the worst charges against him have been dropped by the Santa Fe District Attorney. The firearm enhancement part of involuntary manslaughter is gone for him and for Hannah Guitierrez Reed. They’re still accused of involuntary manslaughter, but the jail time for that would be 18 months, not 5 years.

“In order to avoid further litigious distractions by Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys, the District Attorney and the special prosecutor have removed the firearm enhancement to the involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the Rust film set,” Heather Brewer, spokesperson for the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney, said in a statement. “The prosecution’s priority is securing justice, not securing billable hours for big-city attorneys.”

Baldwin’s first date in Santa Fe court remains February 24th. Among the state’s listed witnesses is Matthew Hutchins, widower of Halyna, who already settled with Baldwin out of court. If “Rust” resumes shooting, er, filming, Hutchins would serve as an executive producer.

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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