BREAKING: Alec Baldwin to be charged over deadly shooting on Rust film set.
Actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed on a film set when he fired a prop gun.
Baldwin had been rehearsing a scene for the Western film Rust when the shooting happened at a ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico in October 2021.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film's armorer, will also be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Neither have commented on the charges.
On Thursday, Santa Fe's District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced in a statement that charges would be filed against the pair by the end of the month.
"Actor and producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter," the statement read. "After a thorough review of the evidence... I have determined that there is sufficient evidence."
"On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice," she said.
What are the two charges Alec Baldwin and Rust's armorer are facing?
As we reported below, Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will both be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the death of Halyna Hutchins.
But there is a distinct difference between the two charges they both face.
The first can be referred to simply as involuntary manslaughter, a statement from the New Mexico District Attorney said.
For this charge to be proved there mist be underlying negligence," it said.
Under New Mexico law, involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony and is punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a £4,044 ($5,000) fine.
"This charge also includes the misdemeanour charge of negligent use of a firearm, which would likely merge as a matter of law."
The second charge is involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act.
This charge requires proof that there was more than simple negligence involved in a death.
This is also a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a £4,044 ($5,000) fine.
This charge includes a firearm enhancement, or added mandatory penalty, because a firearm was involved. The firearm enhancement makes the crime punishable by a mandatory five years in jail.