In a developing story that has captured the attention of the entertainment world and beyond, the tragic shooting incident on the set of “Rust” in 2021 might see Alec Baldwin facing renewed legal scrutiny. The unfortunate incident resulted in the death of the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and also injured director Joel Souza.
This Tuesday, New Mexico special prosecutors, Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis, revealed that a comprehensive investigation over the past months has brought forth additional evidence. This new information, they believe, indicates Baldwin's potential criminal responsibility in the tragic event.
They elaborated in their statement, “We believe the next step is for a panel of New Mexico citizens to decide whether Mr. Baldwin should be subjected to a criminal trial”. NBC News was the first to break the story that the case against Baldwin might be heading to a grand jury.
The prosecutors have indicated their intent to present the case in the coming two months.
Baldwin's Team Responds to Developments
Reacting to these developments, Baldwin's legal representatives, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, expressed their dismay.
They shared with CNN, “We regret that this sad event has been steered into what we see as an ill-advised prosecution. Should there be any charges, we will address them in court”. Previously, Baldwin had shared in a CNN interview that he did not intentionally pull the gun's trigger during the scene rehearsal that led to the tragic event.
Notably, earlier charges of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin were dropped. At the time, the reasons cited were the constraints of time and the evolving nature of evidence available. However, the focus isn't solely on Baldwin.
The film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, to which she has pleaded not guilty. Moreover, David Halls, the assistant director of the movie, had reportedly handed Baldwin the gun on that ill-fated day.
He has since entered a plea agreement for the charge of “negligent use of a deadly weapon,” which entails a probation period of six months, as per prosecutors. As this saga unfolds, the industry and public alike await further details on what transpired and the potential legal consequences for those involved.
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