Charges Finally Laid For Fatal Shooting On Set Of ‘Rust’ — Here’s The 411

Written by Wes Walker on January 20, 2023

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Nearly 450 days after the fact, or 1 year, two months and about three weeks later … we are finally seeing charges laid.

Never mind the fact that we knew from the beginning who was holding the gun, or that forensics teams as far back in August had proven the gun worked properly, despite Baldwin’s claims of the gun having fired without his having pulled the trigger.

It is only NOW that the law enforcement has come to a decision about the on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

If only Baldwin had remembered and heeded the basic gun safety lesson of ‘treat every gun as if it were loaded’, we wouldn’t be having a conversation about three people facing criminal charges in the death of Ms. Hutchins.

While he will face charges for the death, there is more to the story than just the obvious fact that Baldwin himself held the weapon ultimately responsible for the death.

First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb said they are confident they will win convictions in their case against Alec Baldwin and “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for their alleged roles in the death of Hutchins, 42, on Oct. 21, 2021.
“We felt very confident that it was going to be a criminal case pretty close to the beginning, once we started looking at everything,” Reeb said.
“I’m sure he was confident he wasn’t going to get charged. But he isn’t above the law and he is somebody who committed a crime, and we’re going to hold him to the law, hold him accountable,” she said of Baldwin.
Prosecutors announced Thursday that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will each face two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The first assistant director, David Halls, “has signed a plea agreement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon,” which will most likely lead to six months of probation, prosecutors said. He has also agreed to testify for the state, officials said.
— NBCnews

It wasn’t just his role as an actor that will likely come into play, but, in a ‘buck-stops-here’ sense, it is the responsibility he would carry as producer of the film in which the fatal shot was fired.

Now that he’s actually facing charges, maybe his lawyers can finally convince him to exercise the right he has to remain silent.

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