Fatal shooting: Alec Baldwin charged with manslaughter – Le Journal de Québec

Fatal shooting: Alec Baldwin charged with manslaughter – Le Journal de Québec

American actor Alec Baldwin, author of a fatal shooting on the set of the film rust 2021 is charged with manslaughter, a prosecutor announced on Thursday.

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The film’s shooter, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who handled the gun, faces the same charges, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a statement.

On October 21, 2021, that New Mexico ranch shooting had turned tragic when Mr. Baldwin activated a gun that was supposed to contain only blanks, but whose very real projectile killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel souza

This rare news had shocked Hollywood and had a powerful impact, sparking calls for firearms to be banned on the sets.

“After carefully reviewing the evidence and the laws of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to bring charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew,” said Mary Carmack-Altwies.

“Under my supervision, no one is above the law and everyone deserves justice,” she added.

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The indictment will be formally filed “by the end of the month,” prosecutors said. Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed face up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

live ammunition

Alec Baldwin, 64, best known for the 30 Rock series, has always said he was assured his gun was harmless. Executive assistant David Halls, who gave him the gun and told him it was harmless, pleaded guilty to negligence in using a deadly weapon.

The star also claimed he didn’t pull the trigger, a claim that has been questioned by experts.

“If any of those three people – Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls – had done his job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said prosecutor Andrea Reeb, who is handling the case.

The evidence shows “a criminal disregard for security on the set of Rust,” she said.

In particular, the police investigation focused on finding out how live ammunition could be found on the theoretically strictly forbidden set, precisely to avoid accidents.

Officials concluded that shooting gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had put the ammunition in the gun used by Alec Baldwin instead of a dummy bullet.

In August, the actor said he didn’t expect anyone to be charged and told CNN he had hired a private investigator to establish accountability in the case.

The tragedy led to a series of civil lawsuits from several team members.

In October, Alec Baldwin announced that he had reached a settlement ending the civil lawsuits brought by Ms Hutchins’ family.

Her height was not disclosed.

At that time, it was also announced that filming on “Rust” would resume in early 2023.