Alec Baldwin Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For On-Set Rust Accident

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Written By Sedoso Feb

Legally speaking, the book has yet to be officially closed on the tragedy left behind by the unacceptable actions of the “Rust” production team from that day in October of 2021. Technically, the grand jury indictment — which agreed upon by at least eight of 12 total jurors — carries two counts of involuntary manslaughter, but the New York Times report indicates that Baldwin can only be charged with one. The felony charge is defined by “total disregard or indifference for the safety of others,” while the lesser offense involves “negligent use” of a firearm.

If Baldwin is convicted, a charge for involuntary manslaughter in the state of New Mexico (where the “Rust” scene in question was filmed) carries the penalty of up to 18 months in prison. Investigations continue to seek answers as to how live rounds made it onto the set in the first place, as well as who else ought to shoulder blame. Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed similarly faces an involuntary manslaughter charge as the individual accountable for weapons and ammunition. She has pled not guilty and will stand trial in February of 2024. First assistant director Dave Halls previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge as the individual responsible for safety on set, thus avoiding potential jailtime.

Stay tuned for further updates on this case as they come in.

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