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Alec Baldwin Vows To "Fight" Involuntary Manslaughter Charge In Rust Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin and armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after the actor fatally shot a cinematographer on the set of the Western movie Rust in 2021.

Alec Baldwin Vows To "Fight" Involuntary Manslaughter Charge In Rust Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin is determined to "fight" his involuntary manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors in Santa Fe, New Mexico have announced that the 64-year-old actor will be prosecuted in connection with the death of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed when a prop gun went off on the set of Rust in October 2021 — but Baldwin has now promised to "fight" the charges.

His attorney, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, said in a statement to People: "This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins' tragic death 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 movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds."

Baldwin has always denied any wrongdoing, and he's determined to clear his name.

His attorney added: "We will fight these charges, and we will win."

Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film's head armorer, are facing the same charge and they will both face a maximum of five years in prison if they are found guilty.

Mary Carmack-Altwies, Santa Fe's District Attorney, has already confirmed that the charges will be filed by the end of January.

She said in a statement: "Actor and producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

"After a thorough review of the evidence ... I have determined that there is sufficient evidence.

"On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice."

Elsewhere, Dave Halls, the assistant director, has already agreed to a plea deal on the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. He will receive six months probation and a suspended prison sentence. 

Meanwhile, Hutchins' family stands behind the prosecutor's decision to file criminal charges. In a statement by Brian J Panish, the Hutchins' attorney, said, "We want to thank the Santa Fe Sheriff and the District Attorney for concluding their thorough investigation and determining that charges for involuntary manslaughter are warranted for the killing of Halyna Hutchins with conscious disregard for human life."

"Our independent investigation also supports charges are warranted. It is a comfort to the family that, in New Mexico, no one is above the law," Panish added. "We support the charges, will fully cooperate with this prosecution and fervently hope the justice system works to protect the public and hold accountable those who break the law."— BANG SHOWBIZ

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