Alec Baldwin news – live: Actor breaks silence as Halyna Hutchins’s husband welcomes charges in Rust shooting
‘There’s nothing we can do to bring his mother back’: Alec Baldwin on Rust movie shooting
The actor is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental shooting, New Mexico prosecutors announced Thursday.
The first assistant director on RustDavid Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.
Meanwhile, the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Baldwin’s attorney responded to the news in a statement to The Independentsaying: “This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice.”
Luke Nikas said they intend to “fight” the charges, and “win”.
The decision comes more than 15 months after the fatal shooting in October 2021, which occurred when a prop gun held by Baldwin discharged on set. A single bullet struck director Joel Souza in the shoulder before fatally striking Hutchins in the chest.
Baldwin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and maintained that he was told the gun was “cold”, meaning it had no live ammunition, and that he never pulled the trigger.
Halyna Hutchins’ final words after being shot on Alec Baldwin’s Rust set
Ms Hutchins, director of photography for the Western film, died on 21 October 2021 after Mr Baldwin discharged a firearm while practising a gun-drawing technique on the set in New Mexico.
Seconds after she was struck, Ms Hutchins cried out to a boom operator: “That was no good. That was no good at all,” according to a Los Angeles Times report based on interviews with 14 crew members.
Bevan Hurley20 January 2023 02:00
Alec Baldwin tweets about David Crosby’s death hours after being charged in Rust shooting
The 64-year-old is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental October 2021 shooting.
Graeme Massie20 January 2023 01:15
A timeline of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s relationship
After getting married in 2012, the pair expanded their family rapidly and most recently welcomed their seventh child in September. They’ve spoken candidly about different aspects of their marriage, including their 26 year age gap.
At the end of last year, the pair also addressed the struggle they’ve endured since the accidental shooting on the set of Alec’s movie, Rust. In October 2021, a prop gun being used by Alec fired a bullet; the result fatally wounded the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
The Independent’s Amber Raiken has more.
Bevan Hurley20 January 2023 00:40
What the charges against Alec Baldwin mean – and what’s next
The Independent’s Clémence Michallon writes that charges brought against Alec Baldwin could mark the “beginning of a lengthy legal saga”.
Bevan Hurley20 January 2023 00:10
Former prosecutors and attorneys respond to ‘bold’ and ‘aggressive’ charges
The Independent’s Graeme Massie spoke with former prosecutors and attorneys about their thoughts on the charges being brought against Alec Baldwin.
Bevan Hurley19 January 2023 22:39
Who was Halyna Hutchins?
In light of the news that Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, family and friends of Halyna Hutchins have remembered her life and career.
Annabel Nugent19 January 2023 21:54
Father of camerawoman killed on 2014 movie set speaks to The Independent
The father of Sarah Jones, a camerawoman who was killed on the set of the 2014 film Midnight Riderspeaks to The Independent’s Bevan Hurley.
Richard Jones and his wife Elizabeth formed the Safety for Sarah non-profit to educate young filmmakers on the importance of following correct protocols on set, with the mantra: “Never forget, never again.”
Jones told The Independent that the shooting of Halyna Hutchins had resurfaced the pain he felt after his daughter’s death.
“There needs to be accountability for this tragedy, and I’m glad to see that work is being done to hold people accountable,” he told The Independent.
“It’s clear, as in the death of my daughter Sarah, there’s a chain of events that occurred. If any one of those professionals had done their job properly, it would have prevented this tragedy.”
Annabel Nugent19 January 2023 21:30
Donald Trump Jr has been criticised – again– for his remarks about the shooting
Donald Trump Jr has been critisied for his “hateful” response to the news that Alec Baldwin is being charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The son of the former US president was one of the first public figures to comment on the charges announced on Thursday (19 January).
It is not the first time he has publicly remarked on the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins in a manner that has been called “insensitive”.
In the aftermath of the shooting in 2021, Trump Jr sold T-shirts reading: “Guns don’t kill people. Alec Baldwin kills people.”
The Independent’s Holly Baxter looks at Trump Jr’s past comments on the incident.
Annabel Nugent19 January 2023 21:15
Halyna Hutchins’s husband previously said he felt ‘anger’ towards Alec Baldwin
In February 2022, Halyna Hutchins’s husband said he felt “angry” seeing the actor speak about his wife’s death “so publicly”.
“I was angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way, and then to not accept responsibility after having just described killing her,” said Matt Hutchins on the Today show last year.
“The idea that the person holding the gun causing it to discharge is not rep is absurd to me.”
Annabel Nugent19 January 2023 21:00
Halyna Hutchins’ husband says charges are a ‘comfort to the family’
In a statement issued after the announcement of the charges, Matt Hutchins said: “ We support the charges, will fully cooperate with this prosecution, and fervently hope the justice system works to protect the public and hold accountable those who break the law.”
Annabel Nugent19 January 2023 20:42
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