Alec Baldwin dodges charges in ‘Rust’ killing

New Mexico has dropped charges against Hollywood star Alec Baldwin in the 2021 fatal shooting of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin dodges charges in ‘Rust’ killing

Special prosecutors in New Mexico have decided to dismiss all charges against Hollywood A-lister Alec Baldwin, his attorneys told the media on Thursday. Baldwin was accused of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021, on the set of the film Rust.

“We are pleased with the decision to dismiss the case against Alec Baldwin and we encourage a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic accident,” attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro said in a statement.

Deadline reported that the special prosecutors intended to dismiss the charges without prejudice, meaning that they could theoretically be filed again, if new evidence came to light. The charges against Baldwin’s co-defendant and Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed remain open, however.

disparaged the local police department and spoke of a “sabotage angle,” insisting he believed the gun was not loaded. He also said in TV interviews that he never pulled the trigger, though the FBI forensic report concluded the weapon could not have fired otherwise.

Baldwin was formally charged in January this year, and pleaded not guilty a month later. By that point, prosecutors had already dropped the firearm enhancement charge, which would have carried a five-year sentence, leaving him open to the maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. That decision had been made “in order to avoid further litigious distractions by Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys,” a spokesperson for Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said at the time.