The Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie Rust.
The grand jury in New Mexico indicted Baldwin, 65, on Friday for negligently using a firearm and disregarding others’ safety. If convicted, he could face up to 18 months in prison. Baldwin’s lawyers said they look forward to their day in court, while Hutchins’ family lawyer Gloria Allred welcomed the indictment.
Baldwin reportedly panicked after the new charge, with a source close to him revealing that it has been very stressful for the actor and his wife Hilaria. The couple had just celebrated Christmas, New Year, and Hilaria’s 40th birthday before the indictment was handed down.
The shooting occurred when a gun Baldwin was holding went off during filming, killing Hutchins and injuring Rust director Joel Souza. Despite charges being dropped last year, Baldwin was recharged after new facts emerged.
The indictment gives prosecutors the chance to address Baldwin’s safety obligations as a co-producer, according to a defense attorney. Baldwin has been known for both his liberal views and his temper. The case has sparked debate on whether he deserves prison time for Hutchins’ death.
The Political Insider is now ranked #3 on Feedspot’s “100 Best Political Blogs and Websites.” Subscribe to receive news alerts and support independent media.