Actor Alec Baldwin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the sets of upcoming movie 'Rust'. Santa Fe's District Attorney has accused Alec Baldwin of "many instances of extremely reckless acts", reported the BBC. Last year, Hutchins had died on the sets of 'Rust' in New Mexico after Alec Baldwin fired what he thought was a prop gun.
The film's armourer has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter. As per the documents released, BBC reported that the set portrayed a chaotic set with reckless approach to gun safety.
As per Robert Shilling, a special investigator for the district attorney's office, Baldwin was "distracted" while talking to family members on his mobile phone during the training he was taking on how to operate the fire gun.
Shilling also stated that if Baldwin had performed mandatory safety checks with armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and not pointed the gun at Hutchins, the tragedy would not have taken place.
"This reckless deviation from known standards and practice and protocol directly caused the fatal shooting. Baldwin knew the first rule of gun safety is never point a gun at someone you don't intend on shooting," stated the official statement of Shilling.
However, lawyers for both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed have said that they intend to fight these charges in court.
If Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed are found guilty, the duo could face up to 18 months in jail and they would also have to pay a fine of USD 5,000 each.
Baldwin had previously denied the responsibility for the shooting. He had argued that he did not pull the trigger on the gun and it had just gone off.
However, later, photos and videos from the sets showed Baldwin practising drawing and firing the gun with his finger inside the trigger guard and on the trigger multiple times, the prosecutors said.
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