Firearm enhancement charges dropped against star Alec Baldwin
February 21, 2023 - On October 21, 2021, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on the set of the movie Rust, when a live round was fired from a prop gun being held by actor Alec Baldwin. He denies responsibility.
Prosecutors have dropped firearm enhancement charges against movie star Alec Baldwin – a move that reduces his possible jail time.
In January, Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter 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 happened on the New Mexico location of his low-budget western “Rust”. Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s armorer, will also be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
October 21, 2021, while rehearsing a scene inside a wooden chapel on Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico – a popular western location 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”.
As the crew worked out positions for the scene, 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.
On April 10, 2022, the producers, of which Baldwin is one, were fined $136,793 by New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau, who said “management knew that firearm safety procedures were not being followed on set and demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety”.
Baldwin is set to appear in court for the first time on February 24.