(LibertySociety.com) – Alec Baldwin, the well-known American actor, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter by the Santa Fe County, New Mexico, district attorney’s office. He and the set’s armorer, Hannah Guiterrez Reed, have been accused of involuntary manslaughter, while David Halls, the assistant director, has been charged with negligent use of a deadly weapon.
In 2021, the film set of Rust resulted in a tragedy, which claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The BBC reported that according to Robert Shilling, a special investigator for the district attorney’s office, Baldwin was allegedly “distracted” because he was talking on his cell phone while training to handle the prop gun. This lack of attention resulted in the failure to perform mandatory safety checks, which ultimately led to the tragedy. Shilling stated that had Baldwin performed the checks and avoided aiming the gun in Hutchins’ direction, the “tragedy would not have occurred”.
In the past, Baldwin has refused the accept responsibility for the tragedy, claiming he didn’t set of the trigger. However, prosecutors have substantial evidence to charge Baldwin and Guiterrez Reed for the death of Hutchins. Baldwin reportedly practiced using the gun with his finger on the trigger, and officials from the FBI have also confirmed that the gun could not have gone off unless he pulled the trigger.
In response to the charges, Baldwin took legal action against multiple individuals, including Guiterrez Reed, for allegedly failing to take the proper precautions. Guiterrez Reed, on the other hand, has claimed that she had been sure there were no real rounds in the gun when she checked it and that the incident could have been prevented if she had more time to train Baldwin to handle the prop gun.
If found guilty, Baldwin and Guiterrez Reed could face up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. They will be tried by a jury, according to prosecutors. Halls is already expected to spend six months on probation after pleading guilty to negligence while handling a weapon.
The charges against Baldwin and Guiterrez Reed highlight the importance of safety procedures and protocols in the film industry. According to CNN, Mary Carmack-Altwies, the District Attorney, stated, “In New Mexico, no one is above the law and justice will be served”. The tragic death of Hutchins has resulted in a wake-up call for the film industry, reminding everyone of the importance of adhering to safety procedures and protocols to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.
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