Baldwin settles with slain 'Rust' cinematographer's family

Published Thu, Oct 6, 2022 · 12:15 AM

Actor Alec Baldwin and producers for the Western Rust have reached a settlement with the family of the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who Baldwin shot dead during filming last year, Hutchins’ husband said on Wednesday (Oct 5).

Under the deal, the family’s civil lawsuit against Baldwin and others will be dismissed and filming of the movie will resume in January with all the original principal players, Matthew Hutchins said in a statement first reported by Deadline.

“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” said Hutchins, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer who under the deal will become executive producer of the movie. “All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.”

Production of the low-budget film was taking place at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, in October 2021, when Halyna Hutchins, 42, died. Baldwin was rehearsing with a revolver when it fired a live round that hit the Ukrainian cinematographer and movie director Joel Souza, who survived.

Baldwin and others could face criminal charges over Hutchins’ death, a New Mexico prosecutor said in September. Investigators have focused on determining who handled the pistol Baldwin fired.

The 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live actor has denied responsibility for Hutchins’ death and said live rounds should never have been allowed on the set.

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“We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation,” his lawyer Luke Nikas said in a statement on the settlement.

The Hutchins family’s February lawsuit said Baldwin bore “a significant portion of liability” for the killing because he should have checked the gun did not contain live rounds, should not have pointed it at a person and should not have pulled the trigger.

Baldwin has said he was told the gun was “cold,” an industry term meaning it was safe to use, and he did not pull the trigger.

An FBI forensic test of the single-action revolver found it “functioned normally” and would not fire without the trigger being pulled. REUTERS

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