Actor Alec Baldwin faces murder charge again

O actor Alec Baldwin, known for his long career in Hollywood, is at the center of a controversy, he faces a new charge of manslaughter for the fatal shooting that occurred in 2021, during the filming of the film ‘Rust’.

After the charges were dropped in 2023, a grand jury in Santa Fe, New Mexico, formalized another indictment last Friday, bringing to light a case that shocked the film industry.

2021 case and the legal twists

During an October 2021 rehearsal on the set of ‘Rust,’ a Western film, Alec Baldwin, also co-producer and star of the film, pointed a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The accidental shooting resulted in the death of Hutchins and injuries to director Joel Souza. Baldwin claimed not to have pulled the trigger, but rather to have pulled the gun lever before the incident.

In April last year, special prosecutors dropped the charge of manslaughter, arguing that the weapon could have been modified and a more detailed forensic analysis was needed.

However, in August, prosecutors announced the reconsideration of the charges after a new review of the item.

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Prosecutors presented the second indictment to a grand jury in Santa Fe, indicating they are ready to take the case to court.

Baldwin’s defense attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, said they were looking forward to their day in court.

In addition to the criminal charges, Baldwin and his co-producers face civil lawsuits from ‘Rust’ crew members seeking financial compensation. However, these processes have been suspended while the criminal situation continues.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor on ‘Rust,’ also faces previous charges of manslaughter and tampering with evidence, and is scheduled for trial in February.

The allegations indicate that she acted recklessly by handing the loaded gun to Baldwin and failing to ensure that all of the rounds were training rounds. She is also accused of drinking alcohol the night before the incident.

Security measures

The case had significant repercussions in Hollywood, leading to improvements in safety protocols related to the handling of weapons on set.

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The ‘Rust’ production company was fined $100,000 for violating industry protocols and failing to correct problems following previous accidental shootings on set.

Production on the film resumed in April last year, with Matthew Hutchins, husband of the late director of photography, becoming executive producer after negotiating a deal.

The tragedy on the set of ‘Rust’ not only shook the film industry, but also served as a catalyst for the implementation of stricter safety measures to prevent future similar incidents.

The case continues to be closely monitored by professionals in the sector and the public, awaiting the development of legal events and the possible implications for security in cinematographic productions.