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Alec Baldwin and family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins reach settlement over her death – with Rust filming due to resume | Ents & Arts News


Alec Baldwin and the film production company Rust have reached an agreement with the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was shot dead on set.

Under the agreement, filming of Rust will resume in January 2023 – with Ms Hutchins“Husband Matthew, executive producer,” he said in a statement.

The cinematographer died behind a gun due to Baldwin discharged from the hospital during rehearsal for the western in 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.

Footage released by police shows Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust practicing with a gun.  The images were taken before cameraman Halyna Hutchins was seriously injured.
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Footage released by police shows Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust before Halyna Hutchins was seriously injured

Baldwin is the producer as well as the star of the film.

Mr Hutchins said an agreement has now been reached, subject to court approval, and as part of the settlement, the civil case will be dismissed.

“Filming on Rust, which I will executive produce, will resume with all of the original main players on board in January 2023,” he said. “I have no interest in reassigning or attributing responsibility (to the producer or Mr. Baldwin).

“We all believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I’m grateful that the producers and entertainment community came together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”

No further details of the settlement have been released.

Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, said: “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what’s best for their son Halyna. We are grateful to all who who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

Nearly a year on, no charges have been brought in connection with the shooting.

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 be activated unless the trigger is pulled.

‘Now we’ll finish what Halyna and I started’

New footage and stills have been released of the moment cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of Rust.  Photo: Sante Fe Police
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Photo: Sante Fe Police

Director Joel Souza was also injured when the gun went off, injuring his shoulder.

In a statement released after the settlement announcement, he paid tribute to Ms Hutchins and said he could only return to direct the film with her family involved.

“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be with Halyna know that she is incredibly talented, kind, creative and an amazing source of positive energy,” he said.

“I just wish the world got to know her under different circumstances, as it certainly will be thanks to her amazing work.

“In my attempt to heal myself, any decision to go back to finish directing the movie can only make sense to me if it’s made with Matt and the Hutchins family involved.

“While it’s certainly been bittersweet, I’m pleased that together, we’ll now finish what Halyna and I started. All of my efforts in this film will be devoted to honoring her legacy. Halyna’s legacy and make her proud. It’s an honor to see this on her behalf.”

Attorney Melina Spadone, of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman on behalf of Rust Movie Productions, said: “We are pleased that the parties have come together to resolve this matter, subject to court approval, marking a milestone important step in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”

An ongoing investigation and lawsuit

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”.

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.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate. In a final update in August, a spokesperson said detectives are waiting to receive and review phone records before forwarding their case files to the state district attorney for review.

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