Actor Alec Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with the shooting of a cameraman on the set of the 2021 western movie Rust.
Baldwin, 64, waived an initial court appearance that was supposed to explain his future rights to the 30-year-old rock actor, according to court documents released Thursday.
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Baldwin was released without bail and reportedly agreed to court terms prohibiting possession of weapons (including firearms) and consumption of alcohol. You are not allowed to contact any witnesses at the filming site, except for: He is forbidden to talk about the accident. Baldwin and gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of Halina Hutchins last month.
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In October 2021, during a rehearsal at a ranch outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hutchins was killed after being shot “live” from a Colt .45. Rust writer and director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident.
The shooting occurred with Baldwin rehearsing with what he believed to be a safe weapon, provided by Gutierrez Reid, who was in charge of the firearms on set. He has consistently denied responsibility, saying live rounds on set should never have been allowed.He claims he didn’t know the gun was loaded when he fired. it’s hot now
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If convicted, Baldwin and Gutierrez Reid face 18 months in prison and he could be fined $5,000.
Baldwin previously said through his lawyers, “There is no reason to believe there was live ammunition anywhere in the gun or on set.”
Baldwin’s attorney said, “He relied on the experts he worked with to reassure him that the gun had no live ammunition. “We will fight these allegations and win.”
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Gutierrez-Reed claimed that after verifying that the gun Baldwin fired had a dummy cartridge loaded, he handed it to Rust’s assistant director, Dave Halls, who handed it to Baldwin. Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys have accused Halls of not allowing him to use a plastic gun during his scene in Lethal Rehearsal, and have vowed to take action against the accusations.
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Halls pleads guilty to negligent use of a lethal weapon and will serve a suspended sentence and six months of probation.
A number of civil lawsuits have been filed in the wake of Hutchins’ death, including an undisclosed settlement with his widow, Matthew Hutchins, who will executive produce his Rust project as part of the deal. Stated.
The Hutchins family also sued Baldwin in a civil lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.
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