Actor Alec Baldwin will face a criminal charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust, prosecutors
in Santa Fe, N.M., said on Thursday. The film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is facing the same charge, First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a written statement.
In addition to those charges, assistant director David Halls "has signed a plea deal for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon," according to the announcement.
"If any one of these three people—Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls—had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today," said Andrea Reeb,
the special prosecutor appointed by Carmack-Altwies. "It's that simple." A review of evidence in the case "clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety"
on the film's set, Reeb added. Baldwin's attorney, Luke Nikas, called the decision to file charges "a terrible miscarriage of justice" and a distortion of a tragedy.
The actor "relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds," Nikas said in a statement to NPR.
"We will fight these charges, and we will win." In October 2021, Baldwin was holding a Colt .45-caliber pistol that fired a live round, killing Hutchins.
At the time, they were rehearsing a scene for the Western film. Baldwin has maintained that Hutchins died in a tragic accident, saying he didn't intentionally fire
the weapon and had no idea that it held live ammunition when the film crew gathered to rehearse a scene for the film.