Alec Baldwin on the set in his costume for the film ‘Rust’.
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The criminal case against Alec Baldwin for a fatal shooting while filming the film “Rust” that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has been dropped. This was explained by special investigators from the responsible prosecutor’s office in New Mexico. One continues to investigate, but the charge against the 65-year-old for negligent homicide will be dropped.
“We are pleased with the decision to dismiss Alec Baldwin and call for a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding this tragic accident,” said actor’s attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro. Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed remains charged with involuntary manslaughter. Assistant director Dave Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin, pleaded guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon and was sentenced to six months probation, 24 hours of community service and a $500 fine .
Charges were filed against Baldwin last January. If convicted, he would have faced 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The film is based on the Western “Rust”. Production is set to resume next week following the verdict. Hutchin’s widower will serve as executive producer.