Alec Baldwin will continue playing the central part in “Rust,” a production attorney told CNN on Friday. Baldwin is expected to face involuntary manslaughter charges in the killing of a crew member during a “Rust” film rehearsal.
According to Melina Spadone, an attorney for Rust Movie Productions, operations will involve “on-set safety supervisors and union crew members and will prohibit any usage of operating firearms or any ammunition.”
Spadone’s comments came a day after prosecutors said they intended to file charges against Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the movie’s armorer, for the shooting murder of Halyna Hutchins on the set in October 2021 at a ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A live bullet fired by Baldwin from a prop gun struck and killed the movie’s director of photography, Hutchins, and injured Joel Souza in the right shoulder. As work on the film continues, Souza will continue to direct it, according to Spadone.
As he entered his Manhattan home on Friday, inquiries from reporters about the allegations were not answered by Baldwin, a movie producer. Baldwin intends to finish the film, according to a person close to him, who told CNN on Friday.
Prosecutors think a crime was committed even though the deadly shooting was classified as an accident by the top medical investigator for New Mexico.
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First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said Thursday that just because something was an accident doesn’t mean it wasn’t unlawful. Our involuntary manslaughter statute covers unintentional homicides.
Baldwin and the movie’s armorer will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to Carmack-Altwies, who claims they disregarded safety precautions that may have avoided the incident. By the end of the month, formal charges are anticipated to be brought, according to Carmack-Altwies.
According to Carmack-Altwies, every individual who handles a firearm has a responsibility to ensure that it won’t shoot a projectile and kill someone if they point it at someone and pull the trigger.
Despite this, prosecutors confront significant difficulties when seeking to prosecute a case involving a well-known Hollywood actor, in addition to the legal requirements they must satisfy to secure a conviction.
Since the 1970s, Baldwin has starred in numerous movies, Broadway productions, and TV shows. He received Emmy nominations for “30 Rock” and “The Cooler” in 2003.