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‘Rust’ producer Alec Baldwin reaches deal over slain cinematographer’s estate – National


Alec Baldwin and the producers for the western film Rust reached an agreement with the estate of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot on set during filming last year, Deadline reported Wednesday, citing a statement from Hutchins’ husband.

“We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our unjust death of the producers. Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC. As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed,” Matthew Hutchins is quoted as saying.

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As part of the deal, Hutchins said that he will become executive producer of the film and that the film will resume shooting in January. Filming was done in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Baldwin, 64, and others could face criminal charges over Hutchins’ death, a New Mexico prosecutor said in September. Investigators have focused on determining who tried. handle the pistol Baldwin fired during a rehearsal, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

Baldwin has denied responsibility for Hutchins’ death and said live rounds were never allowed on set.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, told Variety, “We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

In August, Hutchins’ death was determined by the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigations to be an accident after completing an autopsy and reviewing law enforcement reports.

In early April, footage of Alec Baldwin just minutes after the deadly shooting was released by police.

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During the rehearsal scene without sound, Baldwin is seen quickly pulling out and aiming an F.lli Pietta 45 Long Colt Revolver, the same gun that was later mistakenly fired.

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Further body shots show paramedics rushing to treat Hutchins and Souza on set before they are loaded into an ambulance.

Video of a heartbroken Baldwin talking to an officer in his cowboy costume was also released. In the recording just minutes after the shooting, the officer asks Baldwin if he’s okay, to which he replies, “No, not really.”

Baldwin, in the video, confirms to officers, “I’m the gunman, yes.” He continued to cooperate with the police despite his confusion and said, “My hands are shaking.”

The shooting happened as Baldwin was rehearsing with what he believed to be a safe gun.

– With files from Global News ‘Sarah Do Couto

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