The Santa Fe County District Attorney said the settlement between Alec Baldwin, the Rust producers and Halyna Hutchins’ family would “not affect” the ongoing criminal investigation into her death – and that “doesn’t matter” who is above the law”.
A spokesperson for Mary Carmack-Altwies released the following statement Notice of undisclosed civil settlementsays that fees can still be put in place.
Hutchinsa cameraman, who died behind a gun due to Baldwin discharged from the hospital during rehearsal for the western film Rust on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set New Mexico in October 2021, and her family falsely filed a lawsuit against the star and others who worked on the production earlier this year.
Lawyers for her husband Matthew Hutchins, Hollywood star and other producers have now confirmed the matter has been settled – and filming will resume into 2023, with Mr Hutchins reprising the role. production executive.
In a statement shared with Sky News, Heather Brewer, a spokeswoman for the First District Attorney’s Office, said this would not affect the criminal investigation.
“The proposed settlement in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against the Rust film producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins, will not affect the ongoing investigation. District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies or her final decision on whether to file criminal charges in this case,” the statement said.
“While civil cases are handled privately and often involve financial awards, criminal cases deal only with facts.
“If the facts and evidence convict a criminal under New Mexico law, then the charge will be brought. No one is above the law.”
Film about Rust will begin in January 2023, with director Joel Souza – who was injured in the incident – returning to direct the project.
“In my attempt to heal myself, any decision to return to finish directing the film can only make sense to me if it is made with the participation of Matt and the Hutchins family.” he said after the settlement announcement.
What do Baldwin, Rust producer and Mr. Hutchins say about the settlement?
Baldwin is the producer as well as the star of the film.
Confirming the settlement, he thanked everyone who “contributed to resolving this tragic and painful situation” and said they all wanted to “do what’s best for Halyna’s son”.
Mr Hutchins said he was “not interested in attribution or blame (on the producer or Mr Baldwin)”, adding: “We all believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. . I’m grateful to the producers and entertainment community for coming together to celebrate Halyna’s final work.”
A lawyer for Rust Movie Productions said: “We are pleased that the parties have come together to resolve this matter, subject to court approval, marking an important step forward in celebrating life. of Halyna and honoring her work.”
Almost a year has passed, and no charges have been brought in connection with the incident.
In a camera interview a few weeks later, Baldwin recalled the moments leading up to the tragedy. He said he was handed the revolver and said “this is a cold gun” – an industry term meaning it was empty or loaded with fake ammunition.
He said the gun accidentally went off and he didn’t pull the trigger. However, a recent FBI forensic report found a weapon cannot shoot unless the trigger is pulled.
The settlement came after a report found the film’s production company “know that gun safety procedures are not followed on set“and “shows a clear indifference to employee safety”.
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Rust Movie Productions was fined $136,793 (£104,810), the maximum allowed under state law in New Mexico, following a six-month investigation by the state’s environment agency.
Producers Baldwin and Rust also face a lawsuit brought by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, although a Los Angeles judge recently ruled that they won’t face neutrality charges. concerns about assault and intentional emotional distress.