Lawsuit Settled, Movie May Resume After Alec Baldwin Filming

OCTOBER 5, 2022:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a cinematographer shot dead by Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie “Rust” has agreed to settle a lawsuit against Baldwin and the film’s producers, and production could resume on the project in January 2023. Matthew Hutchins, widow of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, said in a statement that a settlement agreement has been reached in the New Mexico lawsuit. Matthew Hutchins says filming will resume on “Rust” in January, with the same main cast as before. New Mexico regulators say the production company failed to pay a security breach fine and have scheduled a hearing in April. Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins and others were setting up a shot inside a chapel on set when the gun he was holding detonated in October 2021.

AUGUST 4, 2022:

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — A New Mexico prosecutor says his office will decide whether criminal charges will be brought in connection with the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin once the investigation finished. District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a statement released Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, her office only received portions of the investigation from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. The weapon, Baldwin’s cell phone data and more from the FBI and state medical examiners are still outstanding. In files released since the October 2021 shooting, investigators have described complacency, disorganization and neglected security measures during the making of the low-budget movie “Rust.”

APRIL 27, 2022:

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — The New Mexico sheriff investigating the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin has described the complacency, disorganization and neglected safety measures while making the low-budget film “Rust”. The vast trove of recently released law enforcement records includes rear-view camera video of the fatally injured Hutchins slipping in and out of consciousness as an evacuation helicopter arrives. Witness interviews, chat threads, text conversations, ammunition inventories and hundreds of photographs complete the evidence collection. The sheriff says he is waiting for a forensic analysis before giving the 6-month-old case to prosecutors to decide whether criminal charges will be filed.

UPDATE APRIL 26, 2022:

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Law enforcement officials have released a wealth of video and photographic evidence in the investigation into a fatal October shooting of a cinematographer by actor and producer Alec Baldwin on the set of a western. Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Monday (April 25, 2022) included videos of investigators debriefing Baldwin the day of the shooting in a compact office as well as apparent rehearsal clips that show the actor in costume as he performs a rapid draw maneuver with a firearm. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the investigation remains open and ongoing pending the results of the FBI ballistics analysis.

UPDATED JANUARY 17, 2022:

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Alec Baldwin has turned in his cell phone as part of the investigation into a fatal shooting on a New Mexico film set last fall. A spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Baldwin’s phone was turned over to authorities in New York’s Suffolk County on Friday and the phone’s information would be provided to investigators. They obtained a search warrant last month for the contents of the phone as part of their investigation into the Oct. 21 shooting on the set of “Rust.” Baldwin was a cast member and co-producer on the production. Authorities said Baldwin’s prop revolver fired live ammunition during a rehearsal, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

UPDATED JANUARY 13, 2022:

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — A new lawsuit accuses an ammunition supplier of creating unsafe conditions on a film set where a gun owned by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, including live ammunition in a box said to contain only dummy cartridges. The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico State District Court by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gunsmith who oversaw firearms, ammunition and related training on the set of “Rust” alongside two helpers. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died Oct. 21, 2021, from a gunshot wound during a “Rust” rehearsal at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico.

UPDATED DECEMBER 3, 2021:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alec Baldwin says someone is responsible for shooting on a New Mexico film set who killed a cinematographer, but it wasn’t him. In an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired Thursday (December 2, 2021) night, Baldwin said he would do anything to undo what happened, but he wasn’t the person who put the actual bullet. in the gun, resulting in the death of Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin said it was Hutchins herself who ordered him to point the gun at her that they both thought was empty on Oct. 21 on the set of Western “Rust.”

UPDATE DECEMBER 1, 2021:

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News has released a clip in which Alec Baldwin tells George Stephanopoulos that he didn’t pull the trigger on a gun that went off on a film set in New Mexico, killing a cinematographer. The interview airs Thursday on ABC prime time and will air later on Hulu. Baldwin fired a prop gun loaded with live ammunition. The cinematographer was killed and the director of the film was injured. This is the first time Baldwin has spoken in depth on-screen from the shoot. ABC News says it will report more fully on the murder investigation next week on “20/20.”

ORIGINAL STORY DECEMBER 1, 2021:

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin will discuss the fatal October shooting on the set of the movie “Rust” in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. The interview will air primetime Thursday (December 2, 2021) on ABC and will air later on Hulu. Baldwin fired a prop gun loaded with live ammunition. A cinematographer was killed and the director of the film was injured. This will be Baldwin’s first time speaking in-depth onscreen about the shoot. ABC News says it will report more fully on the murder investigation next week on “20/20.”

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