Alec Baldwin and the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died a year ago on a film set due to the actor’s accidental shooting, reached an agreement that will allow the film to continue shooting and the
In exchange, Matthew Hutchins, the deceased’s widower, will executive produce the film and receive a portion of the proceeds.
“We are pleased to announce today the resolution of the civil suit filed on behalf of the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins,” Baldwin said on social media on Wednesday.
“Throughout Through this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We thank everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation,” added the actor.
The lawsuit, which was filed last February in Santa Fe against Baldwin and other team members, pointed out numerous violations of industry standards.
The settlement announced this Wednesday, as explained by the actor’s lawyers, is still subject to court approval.
The filming of “Rust” will resume with all the original lead actors in January 2023 and director Joel Souza, who was also injured in the incident, is expected to return to the film.
Although the civil action is closed if this agreement is approved, it remains to be seen whether the state of New Mexico will file any action.
A few days ago, it was reported that the state had approved a budget item of US$ 317 thousand so that the prosecution could file charges and prosecute four involved, including Baldwin.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the money would cover all costs related to the trial and appoint a special prosecutor, Andrea Reeb, to oversee the case.
The “Rust” case focuses on the incident that occurred on the set of this film in 21 October, when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died after being shot by a gun Baldwin was holding during a rehearsal.
The Hutchins family sued Baldwin for reckless manslaughter, but the prosecution did not bring any charges against the actor.
In a parallel investigation, New Mexico authorities imposed a fine of US$ 140 thousand on April to the producers of “Rust”, including Baldwin, for not guaranteeing the security protocols.