Alec Baldwin Facing Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Over ‘Rust’ Shooting Death

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Actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while on the set of the movie "Rust" according to a statement released on Thursday.

The set's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, is also facing the same charge, according to the statement.

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in the statement which was shared to Facebook.

“On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice,” she said.

The incident occurred on October 21, when a prop gun went off while running rehearsals on set. Hutchins was just 42 years old. Additionally, the movie’s director, Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting but the charges are only in relation to Hutchins' death.

People reported that assistant director David Halls signed a plea agreement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

"If any one of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today," Carmack-Altwies said in the statement. "It's that simple. The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the Rust film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don't take our state's commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously."

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