Actor Alec Baldwin has been cleared of involuntary manslaughter charges against cameraman Galina Hutchins on the set of Rust. Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altvis referred the operator’s murder case to two other prosecutors, special prosecutors Cary Morissey and Jason Lewis. Variety reports it.
“We are pleased with the decision to drop the charges against Alec Baldwin and call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this tragic incident,” attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro said in a statement.
A similar charge was brought against gunsmith from the movie “Rust” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. However, they were never removed. The woman faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Gutierrez-Rid’s lawyers said she did not intend to plead guilty in court.
“We hope that at the end of the process, she too will be acquitted,” CNN quoted her statement as saying.
The incident occurred in 2021. The actor fatally wounded Galina Hutchins by shooting with a prop revolver, which turned out to be loaded with live ammunition instead of blanks. Director Joel Sousa was also injured by the gunshot but was rescued. The actor denied his guilt until the end.
Earlier, actor Ezra Miller pleaded guilty in a robbery case. He will be recommended up to 90 days of probation and one year of probation. We talk about it in more detail here.