This is the second time that the 65-year-old actor has faced charges in connection with the fatal shooting of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. In January 2023, both the “30 Rock” actor and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed were charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is now also facing an additional charge of tampering with evidence after prosecutors allege they found a witness to testify that she transferred cocaine to another individual on the day that Hutchins was killed, thus tampering with the police investigation. Her trial, which was originally scheduled for December 2023, is scheduled to begin in February 2024.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin Find New ‘Rust’ Charges ‘Frustrating’
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed their eldest child in 2013. The youngest of their seven children is their daughter Ilaria, who was born in September 2022. Although the “Supercell” actor is looking forward to raising his large family, it appears that he might have to spend some time away from his family if the case really does go to trial.
Over the weekend, a source told People magazine that the couple has found the new charges “frustrating” as they attempt to begin the new year and find the renewed charges “very stressful” as they try to parent their seven children.
“They had a great Christmas and New Year. Hilaria also just turned 40. This is not how they wanted to start the new year,” the source told the publication.
“It’s stressful for Hilaria. It’s frustrating for them both that Alec is being recharged. They knew there was a possibility there would be a new indictment,” they added. “The back and forth is hard. It’s very stressful.”
Alec Baldwin Has Insisted That He Never Pulled The Trigger
Baldwin was filming “Rust” in New Mexico in October 2021. When rehearsing a scene inside a church, a gun that he was holding went off, striking and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and hospitalizing director Joel Souza.
Baldwin has insisted that he never pulled the trigger and that he has “no idea” how a bullet ended up inside the prop gun on a movie set.
On Friday, Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter (negligent use of a firearm) or alternatively, with involuntary manslaughter (without due caution or circumspection), months after his initial involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped without prejudice in April 2023.
Under New Mexico law, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted. Baldwin’s attorneys, Alex Spiro and Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, said in a statement Friday that they “look forward to our day in court.”
Halyna Hutchins’ Family Continues To ‘Seek The Truth’
Halyna Hutchins’ mother, father, and sister have filed a civil suit against Alec Baldwin and other “Rust” producers, alleging that their negligence on set led to the death of Halyna.
An attorney for the family, Gloria Allred, released a statement on Friday saying that the Hutchins family has “always sought the truth about what happened on the day that Halyna Hutchins was tragically shot and killed.”
“They continue to seek the truth in our civil lawsuit for them and they also would like there to be accountability in the criminal justice system,” she continued.
“The grand jury has decided that there is sufficient evidence to indict Alec Baldwin on the charge of involuntary manslaughter,” Allred added. “We are looking forward to the criminal trial which will determine if he should be convicted for the untimely death of Halyna.”
What Training Did Alec Baldwin Receive?
In a statement of probable cause filed in the First Judicial Court in New Mexico, Baldwin was accused of not receiving required firearms training. Prosecutors also claimed that he never asked armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed to show him that the gun did not contain live rounds.
The court documents also claim that Baldwin placed his finger “on the trigger of a real firearm when a replica or rubber gun should have been used.”
“Rust” special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason J. Lewis initially dropped charges against Baldwin without prejudice in April 2023 in order to continue testing on the firearm that was used in the shooting.
In August 2023, a forensic report written by expert Lucien C. Haag concluded that the prop gun’s trigger had to have been pulled “sufficiently” enough to fire.
However, according to The New York Times, “parts of the gun” were “damaged by the F.B.I. during its own analysis.”