Actor and producer Alec Baldwin has been criminally charged with involvement in a 2021 firearm discharge on the set of the movie “Rust,” Santa Fe County, New Mexico, the district attorney’s office told CNN this Tuesday (31).
The charges against Baldwin and set gunsmith Hannah Guiterrez Reed include two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the DA’s office said. Lawyers for both defendants have previously insisted that their respective clients are innocent.
District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told CNN earlier this month that she would charge Baldwin and the film’s gunsmith with involuntary manslaughter, accusing them of failing to follow safety procedures that could have prevented the accident that resulted in the director of photography’s death. Halyna Hutchins.
Hutchins was hit and killed by a live ammunition shell fired from a propelled gun held by Baldwin, who claims he did not pull the gun’s trigger.
Director Joel Souza was also shot and wounded.
Baldwin claimed he was unaware that the gun he fired during a rehearsal contained a live bullet. In a statement to CNN on Jan. 19, his attorney called the prosecutors’ decision “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”
“This decision distorts the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the set,” said the actor’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, in his affidavit. declaration.
“He trusted the professionals he worked with, who assured him that the gun did not have live ammunition. We will fight these accusations and we will win.”
A lawyer for Gutierrez Reed said he believes jurors will find his client not guilty.
“We expected the charges, but they are dead wrong on Hannah – we hope she is found not guilty by a jury and that she did not commit manslaughter,” attorney Jason Bowles said in a statement. CNN earlier this month, when the indictment was first made public.
“She is emotional about the tragedy but has not committed any crime.”
Source: CNN Brasil
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