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Alec Baldwin to stay in ‘Rasta’ lead role despite allegations

Alec Baldwin will remain the star of Rust as production resumes, the film’s lawyer confirmed.

The 64-year-old actor will be charged with the manslaughter of Halina Hutchins in 2021, despite previously claiming he didn’t pull the trigger.

Hutchins’ widower Matt, who shared his 10-year-old son Andros with the late cinematographer, will remain the film’s executive producer, a role he took on in a wrongful death lawsuit that was settled in October. .

Rust will also see the return of director Joel Souza, despite the fact that he was injured during filming.

“The film is still on track to be completed,” Rust Movie Productions attorney Melina Spadone said in a statement.

Hutchins was killed on a film set near Sante Fe, New Mexico on October 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s rifle fired a live round and hit her in the chest. She was 42 years old.

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Halina Hutchins was killed by a shot from a rifle held by Baldwin on October 21, 2021.

The actor’s lawyer has since called the accusation against the 30 Rock actor “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

On January 19, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Oltwis said she planned to indict Baldwin and gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reid on two counts of manslaughter.

Gutiérrez-Reed, who was looking after the guns on set, repeatedly denied responsibility for the shooting. She was once described as “a little careless with guns”.

Baldwin is questioned by the police after Hutchins' death on the set of the film. "Rust."
Baldwin is interrogated by the police after Hutchins’ death on the set of Rust.
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Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will both be charged “alternately”, meaning the jury will decide which of the two charges – manslaughter or manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act – they are guilty or not guilty of.

The maximum sentence on the first charge is 18 months, but since the second charge involves improving firearms, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed face a mandatory five-year sentence if found guilty.

This aerial photograph shows the filming location  "Rust" at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, October 23, 2021
This aerial photo shows the filming location of Rust at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 23, 2021.

In January 2022, Gutiérrez-Reid filed a lawsuit against the company supplying the props, alleging that it was selling blanks and lives mixed together.

In November, Baldwin sued several members of the film’s crew. Lawyers for Baldwin and Gutierrez-Rida pleaded not guilty to their clients and vowed to fight charges of manslaughter.

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