Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer of the film “Rust”, have been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter by Santa Fe prosecutors for the fatal shooting on the set of the movie. Baldwin was allegedly not properly trained to handle the weapon that resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
David Halls, the assistant director of “Rust”, signed a plea deal and was granted six months of probation. Baldwin’s attorneys have not yet commented. Baldwin is accused of being distracted during a one-hour firearm training session, which was estimated to be 30 minutes due to his constant phone calls. Baldwin, as both the star and a producer of the film, is also held responsible for upholding safety protocols and hiring Gutierrez-Reed despite her lack of qualifications.
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyers argue that the district attorney has misunderstood the facts and reached the wrong conclusions. Both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed face two counts of involuntary manslaughter, which carry fines of $5,000 and prison sentences of up to five years. The charges are filed under the alternative, meaning the jury will decide which of the two counts applies.