According to court records submitted by the prosecution on Tuesday, actor Alec Baldwin and a firearms expert have been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set.
Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who oversaw the use of guns on the “Rust” film set, were named in the charge documents filed by Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.
The prosecution of Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed for what the authorities have called a pattern of criminal disregard for safety was first publicized by her about two weeks ago.
Carmack-Altwies has presented two sets of involuntary manslaughter allegations in connection with the incident in recent weeks.
Insisting on their innocence, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed have promised to fight the accusations.
Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, declined to comment on Tuesday and referred to his earlier remarks.
He referred to the accusations as an “awful miscarriage of justice” that he and his client would battle and overturn.
“Mr. According to the statement, Baldwin had no reason to think there was a live bullet in the rifle or anyplace else on the set. He trusted the experts he collaborated with.
The lawyer for Gutierrez-Reed indicated a statement would be made later.
On October 21, 2021, Halyna Hutchins was injured while participating in rehearsals at a ranch outside of Santa Fe.
She passed away shortly after. Hutchins was killed, and director Joel Souza was injured when Baldwin’s revolver went off as he aimed it at Hutchins.
According to the prosecution, Baldwin’s participation as a producer and the shooter played into the decision to press charges.
Baldwin is accused of manslaughter and is subject to alternative standards and penalties. For willful disregard of safety, “without due caution and circumspection,” homicide charges would be brought.
The film industry has already implemented new safety measures due to Hutchins’ passing.