Alec Baldwin: Involuntary Manslaughter Charged in Hutchins’ Death

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Prosecutors formally filed charges against him

Alec Baldwin is now officially charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of director of photography of the movie “Rust”, Halina Hutchins on the set, in October 2021.

Prosecutors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, formally filed the charges against him. It is recalled that they announced their intention to indict both Baldwin and the film’s gunsmith earlier this month.

They are accused of not following safety procedures that could have prevented the fatal accident.

‘Mistrial justice’: Baldwin reacts strongly to manslaughter charges in Halina Hutchins death

In his first – intense – reaction after the initial announcement by the prosecutors that they will proceed with these charges of manslaughter against the American actor Alec Baldwin he promised to “fight” them, describing them as a “terrible miscarriage of justice”.

Both Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed face – according to international media – a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison if convicted.

In a statement, the actor’s lawyer had said: “This decision distorts the tragic death of Halina Hutchins and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a (real) bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals he was working with who assured him that the gun did not have regular bullets. We will fight these accusations and win.”

For their part, the lawyers of gunsmith Hannah Goodyears Reed has published a similar statement. “Hannah is, and always has been, deeply moved and saddened by this tragic accident. But he did not commit manslaughter. These accusations are the result of a very flawed investigation and an inaccurate understanding of the facts,” it is emphasized.

“We intend to bring the full truth to light and believe that Hannah will be vindicated by a jury.”

However, the prosecutors declare sure of the decision.

“If any of these three people – Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed or David Halls – had done their job, Halina Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said special prosecutor Andrea Reeb.

Assistant director David Halls, who handed Baldwin the loaded gun, took a plea deal and faces a misdemeanor charge.

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