Alec Baldwin

​Baldwin hit with fresh manslaughter charge ​

Author: Priscilla DeGregory – The New York Post Source: News Corp Australia Network:
January 19, 2024 at 17:33

The actor has been slapped with an involuntary manslaughter charge for the second time after the death of a cinematographer on the set of his film.

Alec Baldwin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the fatal shooting on the set of Rust for a second time.

The actor has been indicted by a grand jury in New Mexico over the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was struck with a live bullet that had been loaded into a prop gun for a scene, which was being rehearsed in October 2021 during filming of the ill-fated Western.

Baldwin has been charged for a second time. Picture: Angela Weiss/AFP
Baldwin has been charged for a second time.
Picture: Angela Weiss/AFP

In character on the set of <i>Rust</i>. Picture: Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office / AFP
n character on the set of Rust.
Picture: Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office / AFP

“The above named defendant did cause the death of Halyna Hutchins by an act committed with the total disregard of indifference for the safety of others,” the indictment obtained by The Post read.

Baldwin has always denied the charges and maintained he never pulled the trigger on the day of the tragedy.

The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the accidental firing of the gun.

Baldwin had previously been charged with the same crime by the Santa Fe district attorney in January 2022.

He pleaded not guilty, but the case fell apart and the charges were dropped in April that year after it was determined that further tests needed to be done on the weapon that fired the bullet.

However, the DA was clear that the door would be left open to refile the charges.

Prosecutors have also charged Rust armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who oversaw the weapons on the movie set, with the same crime.

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She has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. 

If convicted, Baldwin could face 18 months in prison.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.

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