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Criminal charges against Alec Baldwin dramatically dropped

By Ninian Carter

April 21, 2023 - Two charges of involuntary manslaughter against movie star Alec Baldwin, over the on-set shooting of a crew member last year, have been dropped.

Prosecutors in New Mexico have dramatically dropped two charges of involuntary manslaughter against movie star Alec Baldwin over the on-set shooting of a crew member last year.

The development follows new information coming to light that the gun, a replica of a vintage Colt 45 revolver, had been modified before coming to set, making it possible for it to misfire.

In January, Baldwin was charged with two felonies over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust” – charges that carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.

The incident occurred on the New Mexico location of his low-budget western “Rust” – a popular setting seen in the likes of Jimmy Stewart’s 1955 “The Man from Laramie” and Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s 1969 “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s armorer, still faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

On October 21, 2021, as the crew worked out positions for a scene inside a wooden chapel, Baldwin, playing a grizzled 1880s Kansas outlaw, fired a live round from an Italian-made Pietta Long Colt revolver replica – the bullet passing through Hutchins’ chest and lodging in director Joel Souza’s shoulder.

Hutchins died in flight to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, while Souza was later discharged from hospital.

PUBLISHED: 19/01/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom