Alec Baldwin charged with involuntary manslaughter in 'Rust' movie set shooting

January 20, 2023

Alec Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter on Thursday over the shooting death of Halyna Hutchins on the "Rust" movie set.

The charges from the New Mexico district attorney over the October 2021 tragedy also include charges against the armorer on the film set.

The statement

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a statement posted to social media.

“On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice," she added.

That's not all

According to CBS News National Correspondent Kris Van Cleve, Assistant Director David Hall "has signed a plea agreement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. The terms include a suspended sentence and six months probation."

"No charges were filed in connection to the shooting of Rust director Joel Souza, who was injured but survived," the outlet added.

Involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico that could include an 18-month sentence and a $5,000 fine.

Baldwin's attorney blasted the charges in a statement to Fox News.

"This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice," Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel said.

"Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win," he added.

The case will continue to be closely watched by the nation as Baldwin's fate is decided in the tragic and controversial case.

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