Despite the ghost of murder that haunts him… Alec Baldwin continues filming “Rust”

Despite the ghost of murder that haunts him… Alec Baldwin continues filming “Rust”
Despite the ghost of murder that haunts him… Alec Baldwin continues filming “Rust”
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A lawyer for the company that produced “Rust” said it will continue filming the western movie, with Alec Baldwin continuing to play the title role, days after a prosecutor announced that it would charge the Hollywood star in the shooting that killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins.

Melina Spadoni, a lawyer for Rust Movie Productions, said Baldwin will continue to play Grandpa Harland Rust, while Joel Souza will return to direct Rust, after he was injured in the October 2021 shooting.

Spadoni said Matt Hutchins, husband of the late photographer Helena, would become the executive producer. “The film is in the process of being completed,” she added in a statement.

Helena Hutchins was killed on set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when Baldwin was practicing firing a gun that fired a live bullet, also hitting Sousa.

U.S. Attorney Mary Carmack Altoise, the chief prosecutor for Santa Fe, said Thursday she intends to charge both Baldwin and gun handler Hannah Gutierrez Reed with involuntary manslaughter.

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Baldwin reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the Hutchins family in October, under which Hutchins’ husband will take a producing role on the film, which resumes shooting this month.

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Baldwin has denied responsibility for the shooting, saying that live ammunition should never have been allowed on set, and that it was up to those responsible for the safety of firearms.

It has not yet been revealed how the real weapons got into the film’s set.

Legal analysts said prosecutors face an uphill battle to convict Baldwin of criminal charges without evidence he knew there were live ammunition and took no precautions. Some believe they are seeking a plea bargain with the Emmy Award-winning “30 Rock” star in exchange for reduced charges.

Negligent manslaughter is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the prosecution proves that the matter goes beyond mere negligence in using a firearm, the penalty may be up to 5 years in prison.

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