Alec Baldwin news: Actor in Instagram spat as Rust to resume filming despite charges

Alec Baldwin has shared his first family photo since it was announced he faces involuntary manslaughter charges.

The actor, who will continue to film Rust despire being charged in the on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, posted the image on Instagram.

It shows his wife Hilaria Baldwin, and their six-year-old son Leo.

Melina Spadone, an attorney for the production of the western, confirmed the news on Friday to CNN, adding that “on-set safety supervisors and union crew members ... will bar any use of working weapons or any ammunition.”

Mr Baldwin is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental shooting, New Mexico prosecutors announced on Thursday. Armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter, while first assistant director David Halls has agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.

A person with knowledge of the film had previously told The New York Times that Baldwin would still serve as the film’s lead and Joel Souza, who was wounded in the shooting, will return as director.

Thursday’s decision comes more than 15 months after the fatal October 2021 shooting, when a gun held by Baldwin discharged on set. A single bullet struck Souza in the shoulder before fatally striking Hutchins in the chest.

Baldwin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and maintained that he was told the gun was “cold”.

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  • Alec Baldwin tweets about David Crosby’s death hours after being charged in Rust shooting

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust as lead star despite involuntary manslaughter charges

Saturday 21 January 2023 20:38 , Andrea Blanco

The embattled western film Rust will continue production with Alec Baldwin as the lead star as he faces involuntary manslaughter charges over the on-set fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The Independent has the story:

Eliza Hutton, fiancé of Brandon Lee who died on ‘The Crow’ set, previously spoke out about gun safety

Saturday 21 January 2023 21:04 , Andrea Blanco

In the aftermath of the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins, Eliza Hutton – the fiancé of Brandon Lee – called for “alternatives to real guns on sets”.

Lee died in 1993 aged 28. The actor and son of the late action star Bruce Lee had been killed during the filming of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun he believed to be loaded with blanks.

It was later discovered that a fragment of a dummy shell had been left in the gun’s barrel. Lee died in hospital following hours of surgery.

In October 2021, Hutton said: “I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets.”

Eliza Hutton breaks silence on fiancé Brandon Lee’s death after Rust fatal shooting

Halyna Hutchins’s husband previously said he felt ‘anger’ towards Alec Baldwin

Saturday 21 January 2023 21:40 , Andrea Blanco

In February 2022, Halyna Hutchins’s husband said he felt “angry” seeing the actor speak about his wife’s death “so publicly”.

“I was angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way, and then to not accept responsibility after having just described killing her,” said Matt Hutchins on the Today show last year.

“The idea that the person holding the gun causing it to discharge is not rep is absurd to me.”

Alec Baldwin will ‘fight’ manslaughter charges as lawyer blasts ‘miscarriage of justice’

Saturday 21 January 2023 22:10 , Andrea Blanco

Prosecutors announced Thursday that Alec Baldwin will face two counts of involuntary manslaughter over Halyna Hutchins’s death on the movie set of Rust.

In a statement to The Independent, attorney Luke Nikas said: “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. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has the story:

Alec Baldwin’s lawyer responds to involuntary manslaughter charges

Piers Morgan accuses Alec Baldwin of ‘Hollywood arrogance’

Saturday 21 January 2023 22:40 , Andrea Blanco

The former Good Morning Britain presenter appeared to welcome the charges brought against Alec Baldwin on Thursday.

“There was no doubt that it was an accident but Halyna Hutchins died, leaving behind a grief-stricken husband and a young child and the person holding the gun that fired a bullet and killed her was Alec Baldwin,” Piers Morgan said.

“It was him who did that, who fired a bullet into his co-worker’s body and snuffed out her life. Nobody else’s hands were anywhere near the gun.”

“Since that tragic day, Baldwin has been the epitome of Hollywood arrogance.”

Read the full story.

Alec Baldwin tweets about David Crosby’s death hours after being charged in Rust shooting

Saturday 21 January 2023 23:10 , Andrea Blanco

Alec Baldwin used his first public comment after being charged in the death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins to share the news of musician David Crosby’s death.

The actor was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter over the fatal shooting on Thursday (19 January) by New Mexico district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies. The 64-year-old is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental October 2021 shooting.

Thursday also marked the death of 81-year-old folk-rock legend Crosby following “a long illness”, his widow said.

Hours after his charges were announced, Baldwin tweeted about Crosby’s death rather than his own situation.

The actor first shared a link to a news article about Crosby’s death, followed by a link to an interview he did with Crosby in 2018 for his podcast, Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin.

The podcast series, in which Baldwin interviews public figures, began in 2011 and is ongoing. The most recent episode was published on 12 December, featuring an interview with US political staffer Huma Abedin.

 (Twitter)
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As Alec Baldwin faces involuntary manslaughter charges, gun safety on sets ‘gets louder’

Saturday 21 January 2023 23:40 , Andrea Blanco

Film production and firearms experts say movie sets probably changed permanently when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on the remote New Mexico set of the Western “Rust” 14 months ago.

The incident led to the announcement from prosecutors Thursday that Alec Baldwin and the film’s weapons supervisor will be charged with involuntary manslaughter later this month.

“The gun safety experience on set has become more vocal, it’s a lot louder,” Joey Dillon, an armourer who has overseen the use of firearms on television shows including “Westworld” and movies including “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” told The Associated Press. “I make it a lot louder myself.”

Mr Baldwin was pointing the gun with a live round inside that killed Hutchins as they set up a shot for an upcoming scene.

Alec Baldwin to face involuntary manslaughter charge over Halyna Hutchins death

Sunday 22 January 2023 00:40 , Andrea Blanco

Alec Baldwin will be prosecuted over the 2021 Rust movie shooting which resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Both Baldwin and the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of Ms Hutchins on the film’s Santa Fe set.

In a statement, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said: “After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew.

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

It comes less than three months after the District Attorney’s office received the final report from the police into the incident which led to the death of Ms Hutchins after a prop gun held by Baldwin was discharged.

Halyna Hutchins’ final words after being shot on Alec Baldwin’s Rust set

Sunday 22 January 2023 01:40 , Andrea Blanco

Witnesses have revealed Halyna Hutchins’s last words in the moments after she was shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his movie Rust.

Ms Hutchins, director of photography for the Western film, died on 21 October 2021 after Mr Baldwin discharged a firearm while practising a gun-drawing technique on the set in New Mexico.

Seconds after she was struck, Ms Hutchins cried out to a boom operator: “That was no good. That was no good at all,” according to a Los Angeles Times report based on interviews with 14 crew members.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the story:

Halyna Hutchins’ last words after Alec Baldwin shooting

Halyna Hutchins’ life and career

Sunday 22 January 2023 02:40 , Andrea Blanco

As the news breaks that Alec Baldwin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins, family and friends of the late cinematographer will be remembering her life and career.

Baldwin was starring in a western film called Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when a prop firearm he was holding discharged, killing Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography, and injuring the director Joul Souza, police said. Hutchins was 42 years old.

The Independent’s Ellie Muir explains the late cinematographer’s projects:

Halyna Hutchins: The cinematographer’s life and career

Mickey Rourke says there’s ‘no way in hell’ Alec Baldwin should be charged over Halyna Hutchins’ death

Sunday 22 January 2023 03:40 , Andrea Blanco

Mickey Rourke has spoken out in defence of Alec Baldwin, saying there is “no way in hell” he should face charges over the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Responding to the news on Instagram, Rourke wrote: “I usually never put my two cents in about what happens on someone’s movie set. It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. But no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever.”

Louis Chilton has the story for The Independent:

Mickey Rourke says it’s ‘terribly, terribly wrong’ to blame Alec Baldwin for shooting

VOICES: What the charges against Alec Baldwin mean – and what’s next

Sunday 22 January 2023 04:40 , Andrea Blanco

On Thursday (19 January), authorities in New Mexico announced they would charge Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter. This follows the death of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer who was working on the set of the Western Rust when a gun Baldwin was holding went off, fatally injuring Hutchins.

“The question here, as posed by the authorities, is about liability, not intent,” Clemence Michallon writes for The Independent.

“Involuntary manslaughter is generally defined in New Mexico statutes as either “manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony,” or “in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

Read the full piece.

Who is charged in Rust shooting death of Halyna Hutchins?

Sunday 22 January 2023 05:40 , Andrea Blanco

After an exhaustive inquiry lasting more than 15 months, Alec Baldwin and two others have been charged over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust,

Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney for New Mexico’s first judicial district, announced the charges on Thursday.

Baldwin and the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with involuntary manslaughter, while first assistant director David Halls has agreed to plead guilty to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

The charges will be filed by the end of the month, Ms Carmack-Altwies said in a statement.

Alec Baldwin shot a woman on set. He’s now facing involuntary manslaughter charges. What changed?

Sunday 22 January 2023 06:40 , Andrea Blanco

Nearly 15 months after the fatal shooting, investigators announced criminal charges over the on set fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley explains the complicated case:

What changed in the Alec Baldwin shooting case?

Alec Baldwin shot a woman on set. He’s now facing involuntary manslaughter charges. What changed?

Sunday 22 January 2023 07:40 , Andrea Blanco

Nearly 15 months after the fatal shooting, investigators announced criminal charges over the on-set fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley explains the complicated case

What changed in the Alec Baldwin shooting case?

‘No one is above the law’: The Santa Fe DA’s reasons for charging Alec Baldwin

Sunday 22 January 2023 08:40 , Andrea Blanco

Alec Baldwin will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the on-set death of Halyna Hutchins, the Santa Fe District Attorney has said.

New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said on Thursday that Rust armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will also face two charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Read the full statement here.

Prosecutors seek justice in Alec Baldwin case, regardless of fame

Sunday 22 January 2023 09:40 , Andrea Blanco

Prosecutors have vowed to file those charges before February against the 64-year-old actor and weapons specialist Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the Western movie “Rust” in October 2021.

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies says the case is about equal justice under the law and accountability in the death of Halyna Hutchins, regardless of the fame or fortune of those involved.

She says the Ukrainian-born cinematographer’s death while rehearsing a scene was tragic — and preventable.

Mr Baldwin and Ms Gutierrez-Reed maintain their innocence and have vowed to fight the charges, which were announced Thursday.

Who is Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armourer charged in the Rust on-set shooting?

Sunday 22 January 2023 10:40 , Andrea Blanco

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is the armourer who is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter over the October 2021 fatal Rust shooting.

As the head armourer on the film set, Gutierrez-Reed’s job was to “set up” the guns. She was the crew member who placed the firearm on the cart that discharged after Baldwin picked it up, firing the bullet that fatally shot Halyna Hutchins.

The 24-year-old is the daughter of Hollywood armourer Thell Reed. Reed is well-known in the industry for having taught Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer “realistic gun handling”. He also worked on Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 movie Django Unchained as the quick draw expert.

Reed reportedly trained Guiterrez-Reed, who revealed on a recent episode of the Voices of the West podcast, that Rust was only her second film set acting as lead armourer. She recently wrapped on her first movie set –The Old Way (2023) starring Nicolas Cage.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armourer on the set of Rust (Facebook / Voices of the West)
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armourer on the set of Rust (Facebook / Voices of the West)

ICYMI: Everything Alec Baldwin has said about the shooting

Sunday 22 January 2023 11:40 , Andrea Blanco

In 2021, a gun being used as a prop by actor Alec Baldwin went off on the set of Rust, killing the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding its director Joel Souza.

Ever since then, the authorities have been investigating to determine how a live round got into the gun that the 64-year-old actor was using, why crew members who inspected it on the set failed to notice it, and why the gun got fired.

The actor has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the shooting.

In light of recent news that he will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case, this is everything Alec Baldwin has said about the incident:

Everything Alec Baldwin has said about the Rust shooting

Father of camerawoman killed on 2014 movie set hopes for change within the industry

Sunday 22 January 2023 12:40 , Andrea Blanco

The father of Sarah Jones, a camerawoman who was killed on the set of the 2014 film Midnight Rider, speaks to The Independent’s Bevan Hurley.

Richard Jones and his wife Elizabeth formed the Safety for Sarah non-profit to educate young filmmakers on the importance of following correct protocols on set, with the mantra: “Never forget, never again.”

Mr Jones told The Independent that the shooting of Halyna Hutchins had resurfaced the pain he felt after his daughter’s death.

“There needs to be accountability for this tragedy, and I’m glad to see that work is being done to hold people accountable,” he told The Independent.

“It’s clear, as in the death of my daughter Sarah, there’s a chain of events that occurred. If any one of those professionals had done their job properly, it would have prevented this tragedy.”

His daughter was killed on set. He hopes the Alec Baldwin charges will spur change

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust as lead star despite involuntary manslaughter charges

Sunday 22 January 2023 13:40 , Andrea Blanco

Rust production’s attorney Melina Spadone told CNN on Friday that “on-set safety supervisors and union crew members ... will bar any use of working weapons or any ammunition,” just a day after New Mexico prosecutors announced charges against three of the movie’s original crew.

The Independent has the story:

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust despite involuntary manslaughter charges

VOICES: The controversy over Alec Baldwin and Rust dangerously misses the point about gun safety

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:40 , Andrea Blanco

“It is entirely understandable for the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins to welcome the charges brought against Alec Baldwin,” Andrew Buncombe writes for The Independent.

But America’s real Wild West is not film sets of westerns. It is our schools, streets, shops, and places of worship.

Read the full piece:

Controversy over Alec Baldwin and Rust dangerously misses the point about gun safety

ICYMI: Halyna Hutchins’ family react to manslaughter charges

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:40 , Nicole Vassell

On Thursday (19 January), the family of Halyna Hutchins released a statement in response to the news that Alec Baldwin, among others would be charged with involuntary manslaughter for her death.

Hutchins, 42, was shot by Mr Baldwin, who was starring in and producing the movie, during a rehearsal inside a church on the set on 21 October 2021.

In a message delivered through lawyer Brian Panish, the family thanked 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”.

They later went on to state that the announcement is a “comfort for the family”.

The Independent’s Graeme Massie has the full story:

Halyna Hutchins’s husband says shooting charges for Alec Baldwin are ‘comfort’

Alec Baldwin will ‘fight’ manslaughter charges, say lawyers

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:40 , Nicole Vassell

Alec Baldwin’s lawyers have deemed the actor’s involuntary manslaughter charge a “miscarriage of justice”.

In a statement to The Independent, attorney Luke Nikas said: “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. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

The full story, from The Independent’s Graeme Massie, is here:

Alec Baldwin’s lawyer responds to involuntary manslaughter charges

What legal experts say about Alec Baldwin’s ‘bold' charging decision

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:40 , Nicole Vassell

A decision by New Mexico authorities to bring involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin for the fatal Rust shooting of Halyna Hutchins has been called “bold” and “aggressive” by legal experts.

The charges against Baldwin and other crew members were announced by Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb on Thursday.

While Baldwin faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the movie’s armourer, is also expected to be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter over the shooting.

The charges against Baldwin carry up to a maximum 18-month prison sentence.

Full story below:

What do legal experts say ‘bold’ charging decisions mean for Alec Baldwin?

What were Halyna Hutchins’ last words?

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:40 , Nicole Vassell

The last words spoken by Halyna Hutchins in the moments after she was shot have been revealed.

Ms Hutchins, director of photography for the Western film Rust, died on 21 October 2021 after being shot by a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin, who’d believed it was filled with dummy rounds instead of gunpowder and a projectile.

Seconds after she was struck, Ms Hutchins cried out to a boom operator: “That was no good. That was no good at all,” according to a Los Angeles Times report based on interviews with 14 crew members.

Find out more in the story below:

Halyna Hutchins’ last words after Alec Baldwin shooting

ICYMI: Mickey Rourke says there’s ‘no way in hell’ Alec Baldwin should be charged over Rust shooting death

Sunday 22 January 2023 19:40 , Nicole Vassell

Mickey Rourke reacted to the charging of his fellow Hollywood colleague Alec Baldwin soon after the news broke on Thursday.

Baldwin and two other Rust crew members have been charged after the death of the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins in 2021.

Rourke spoke out against the involuntary manslaughter charges, claiming “no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever”.

The full story, from The Independent’s Louis Chilton, is below:

Mickey Rourke says it’s ‘terribly, terribly wrong’ to blame Alec Baldwin for shooting

Who is being charged following the death of Halyna Hutchins on the ‘Rust’ set?

Sunday 22 January 2023 20:40 , Nicole Vassell

Three people face involuntary manslaughter charges following the death of director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western film, Rust.

It was announced on Thursday that Alec Baldwin would face two counts of involuntary manslaughter after discharging the gun that shot Hutchins, while he practised a gun-drawing technique.

The film’s armourer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, also faces the same charges.

David Halls, the first assistant director for Rust, has agreed to plead guilty to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Each charge carries a punishment of up to 18 months in prison.

Who else was injured in the incident on set?

Sunday 22 January 2023 21:40 , Nicole Vassell

Director Joel Souza was also impacted by the gun discharged by Alec Baldwin on the Rust set.

He was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound in October 2021 and was discharged soon after.

According to a source with knowledge of the film speaking to The New York Times, Souza will return to the film as director, while Baldwin will also resume his lead role.

Joel Souza and Alec Baldwin (Shutterstock / Getty Images for National Geographic)
Joel Souza and Alec Baldwin (Shutterstock / Getty Images for National Geographic)

ICYMI: Piers Morgan accuses Alec Baldwin of ‘Hollywood arrogance’ amid Rust shooting charges

Sunday 22 January 2023 22:40 , Nicole Vassell

Broadcaster and columnist Piers Morgan weighed in on the Rust shooting on Thursday, after the news that Alec Baldwin would face involuntary manslaughter charges broke.

On his talk show, Piers Morgan Uncensored, Morgan appeared to welcome the charges against the actor.

“There was no doubt that it was an accident but Halyna Hutchins died, leaving behind a grief-stricken husband and a young child and the person holding the gun that fired a bullet and killed her was Alec Baldwin,” said Morgan.

“It was him who did that, who fired a bullet into his co-worker’s body and snuffed out her life. Nobody else’s hands were anywhere near the gun.”

The full story, by Annabel Nugent, is below:

Piers Morgan accuses Alec Baldwin of ‘Hollywood arrogance’ amid Rust shooting charges

Halyna Hutchins’ family react to manslaughter charges

Monday 23 January 2023 06:18 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: Halyna Hutchins’ family react to manslaughter charges

On Thursday (19 January), the family of Halyna Hutchins released a statement in response to the news that Alec Baldwin, among others would be charged with involuntary manslaughter for her death.

Hutchins, 42, was shot by Mr Baldwin, who was starring in and producing the movie, during a rehearsal inside a church on the set on 21 October 2021.

In a message delivered through lawyer Brian Panish, the family thanked 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”.

They later went on to state that the announcement is a “comfort for the family”.

The Independent’s Graeme Massie has the full story:

Halyna Hutchins’s husband says shooting charges for Alec Baldwin are ‘comfort’

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust as lead star despite involuntary manslaughter charges

Monday 23 January 2023 06:38 , Peony Hirwani

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust as lead star despite involuntary manslaughter charges

Rust production’s attorney Melina Spadone told CNN on Friday that “on-set safety supervisors and union crew members ... will bar any use of working weapons or any ammunition,” just a day after New Mexico prosecutors announced charges against three of the movie’s original crew.

The Independent has the story:

Alec Baldwin will finish filming Rust despite involuntary manslaughter charges

Alec Baldwin shares photo of wife and son in first post since pending criminal charges

Monday 23 January 2023 07:08 , Peony Hirwani

Alec Baldwin has shared a photograph of his wife Hilaria and six-year-old son Leo in the first post since he was charged with involuntary manslaughter surrounding Halyna Hutchins’s death.

“The old “let me give you a back rub” ploy. Potato chips to follow.“ the Rust actor captioned the photo.

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Mickey Rourke says there’s ‘no way in hell’ Alec Baldwin should be charged over Halyna Hutchins’ death

Monday 23 January 2023 07:38 , Peony Hirwani

Mickey Rourke has spoken out in defence of Alec Baldwin, saying there is “no way in hell” he should face charges over the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Responding to the news on Instagram, Rourke wrote: “I usually never put my two cents in about what happens on someone’s movie set. It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. But no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever.”

Louis Chilton has the story for The Independent:

Mickey Rourke says it’s ‘terribly, terribly wrong’ to blame Alec Baldwin for shooting

Halyna Hutchins’s husband previously said he felt ‘anger’ towards Alec Baldwin

Monday 23 January 2023 08:18 , Peony Hirwani

In February 2022, Halyna Hutchins’s husband said he felt “angry” seeing the actor speak about his wife’s death “so publicly”.

“I was angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way, and then to not accept responsibility after having just described killing her,” said Matt Hutchins on the Today show last year.

“The idea that the person holding the gun causing it to discharge is not rep is absurd to me.”

Who else was injured in the incident on set?

Monday 23 January 2023 08:48 , Peony Hirwani

Director Joel Souza was also impacted by the gun discharged by Alec Baldwin on the Rust set.

He was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound in October 2021 and was discharged soon after.

According to a source with knowledge of the film speaking to The New York Times, Souza will return to the film as director, while Baldwin will also resume his lead role.

What were Halyna Hutchins’ last words?

Monday 23 January 2023 09:28 , Peony Hirwani

The last words spoken by Halyna Hutchins in the moments after she was shot have been revealed.

Ms Hutchins, director of photography for the Western film Rust, died on 21 October 2021 after being shot by a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin, who’d believed it was filled with dummy rounds instead of gunpowder and a projectile.

Seconds after she was struck, Ms Hutchins cried out to a boom operator: “That was no good. That was no good at all,” according to a Los Angeles Times report based on interviews with 14 crew members.

Find out more in the story below:

Halyna Hutchins’ last words after Alec Baldwin shooting

Who is being charged following the death of Halyna Hutchins on the ‘Rust’ set?

Monday 23 January 2023 09:58 , Jacob Stolworthy

Three people face involuntary manslaughter charges following the death of director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western film, Rust.

It was announced on Thursday that Alec Baldwin would face two counts of involuntary manslaughter after discharging the gun that shot Hutchins, while he practised a gun-drawing technique.

The film’s armourer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, also faces the same charges.

David Halls, the first assistant director for Rust, has agreed to plead guilty to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Each charge carries a punishment of up to 18 months in prison.

Monday 23 January 2023 10:28 , Jacob Stolworthy

ICYMI: Mickey Rourke says there’s ‘no way in hell’ Alec Baldwin should be charged over Rust shooting death

Mickey Rourke reacted to the charging of his fellow Hollywood colleague Alec Baldwin soon after the news broke on Thursday.

Baldwin and two other Rust crew members have been charged after the death of the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins in 2021.

Rourke spoke out against the involuntary manslaughter charges, claiming “no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever”.

The full story, from The Independent’s Louis Chilton, is below:

Mickey Rourke says it’s ‘terribly, terribly wrong’ to blame Alec Baldwin for shooting

Monday 23 January 2023 10:58 , Jacob Stolworthy

Prosecutors seek justice in Alec Baldwin case, regardless of fame

Prosecutors have vowed to file those charges before February against the 64-year-old actor and weapons specialist Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the Western movie “Rust” in October 2021.

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies says the case is about equal justice under the law and accountability in the death of Halyna Hutchins, regardless of the fame or fortune of those involved.

She says the Ukrainian-born cinematographer’s death while rehearsing a scene was tragic — and preventable.

Mr Baldwin and Ms Gutierrez-Reed maintain their innocence and have vowed to fight the charges, which were announced Thursday.

Monday 23 January 2023 11:28 , Jacob Stolworthy

Eliza Hutton, fiancé of Brandon Lee who died on ‘The Crow’ set, previously spoke out about gun safety

In the aftermath of the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins, Eliza Hutton – the fiancé of Brandon Lee – called for “alternatives to real guns on sets”.

Lee died in 1993 aged 28. The actor and son of the late action star Bruce Lee had been killed during the filming of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun he believed to be loaded with blanks.

It was later discovered that a fragment of a dummy shell had been left in the gun’s barrel. Lee died in hospital following hours of surgery.

In October 2021, Hutton said: “I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets.”

Eliza Hutton breaks silence on fiancé Brandon Lee’s death after Rust fatal shooting

What legal experts say about Alec Baldwin’s ‘bold’ charging decision

Monday 23 January 2023 12:29 , Jacob Stolworthy

A decision by New Mexico authorities to bring involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin for the fatal Rust shooting of Halyna Hutchins has been called “bold” and “aggressive” by legal experts.

The charges against Baldwin and other crew members were announced by Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb on Thursday.

While Baldwin faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the movie’s armourer, is also expected to be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter over the shooting.

The charges against Baldwin carry up to a maximum 18-month prison sentence.

Full story below:

What do legal experts say ‘bold’ charging decisions mean for Alec Baldwin?

Monday 23 January 2023 12:58 , Jacob Stolworthy

Halyna Hutchins’s husband previously said he felt ‘anger’ towards Alec Baldwin

In February 2022, Halyna Hutchins’s husband said he felt “angry” seeing the actor speak about his wife’s death “so publicly”.

“I was angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way, and then to not accept responsibility after having just described killing her,” said Matt Hutchins on the Today show last year.

“The idea that the person holding the gun causing it to discharge is not rep is absurd to me.”

Monday 23 January 2023 13:28 , Jacob Stolworthy

Mickey Rourke says there’s ‘no way in hell’ Alec Baldwin should be charged over Halyna Hutchins’ death

Mickey Rourke has spoken out in defence of Alec Baldwin, saying there is “no way in hell” he should face charges over the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Responding to the news on Instagram, Rourke wrote: “I usually never put my two cents in about what happens on someone’s movie set. It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. But no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever.”

Louis Chilton has the story for The Independent:

Mickey Rourke says it’s ‘terribly, terribly wrong’ to blame Alec Baldwin for shooting

Monday 23 January 2023 13:58 , Jacob Stolworthy

Who is charged in Rust shooting death of Halyna Hutchins?

After an exhaustive inquiry lasting more than 15 months, Alec Baldwin and two others have been charged over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust,

Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney for New Mexico’s first judicial district, announced the charges on Thursday.

Baldwin and the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with involuntary manslaughter, while first assistant director David Halls has agreed to plead guilty to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

The charges will be filed by the end of the month, Ms Carmack-Altwies said in a statement.

Eliza Hutton, fiancé of Brandon Lee who died on ‘The Crow’ set, previously spoke out about gun safety

Monday 23 January 2023 14:25 , Ellie Harrison

In the aftermath of the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins, Eliza Hutton – the fiancé of Brandon Lee – called for “alternatives to real guns on sets”.

Lee died in 1993 aged 28. The actor and son of the late action star Bruce Lee had been killed during the filming of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun he believed to be loaded with blanks.

It was later discovered that a fragment of a dummy shell had been left in the gun’s barrel. Lee died in hospital following hours of surgery.

In October 2021, Hutton said: “I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets.”

Eliza Hutton breaks silence on fiancé Brandon Lee’s death after Rust fatal shooting

Alec Baldwin has been posting on his socials in recent days

Monday 23 January 2023 15:51 , Ellie Harrison

He shared a photo of his wife and son...

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Alec Baldwin shares first personal post since facing manslaughter charges

A timeline of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s relationship

Monday 23 January 2023 16:30 , Ellie Harrison

Over the weekend, Hilaria approached photographers in New York City, while carrying one of her children, to ask them to “leave my family in peace” amid the charges against her husband.

Here’s a timeline of the couple’s relationship...

A timeline of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s relationship

Video: How Alec Baldwin came to face involuntary manslaughter charges

Monday 23 January 2023 17:48 , Tom Murray

Baldwin forced to defend social media caption in photo of Hilaria and their son Leo

Monday 23 January 2023 18:45 , Tom Murray

Baldwin edited the caption on an Instagram post he shared of his wife Hilaria and their son Leo after followers called it “weird”.

On Sunday, the 64-year-old actor posted a picture of his spouse sitting on the floor as Leo stood behind her with his hands on her shoulders. In the caption, he wrote: “The old ‘let me give you a back rub’ ploy.”

He later changed the caption by adding “potato chips to follow” at the end, explaining in the comments that he “adjusted the text. I guess because…you know…there is so much of that Reddit trash out there.”

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Alec Baldwin defends ‘weird’ caption in photo of Hilaria and their son Leo