Alec Baldwin could be in legal trouble even if he escapes criminal charges
After an accidental shooting incident on the set of indie-western “Rust”, Alec Baldwin is cooperating with an investigation that could find him criminally liable for Helena Hutchins’ death.
On Thursday, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the film that required him to pass a revolver that he believed did not contain live ammunition. When he pulled the trigger, the gun hit Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza’s right shoulder fatally.
Although the tragic incident was an accident by all accounts so far, on Tuesday, Mary Carmack-Altweiss, District Attorney of New Mexico for the state’s first district, told The New York Times that officials “have not ruled out anything” when it comes to the future. It comes to of the case.
“Everything, including criminal charges, is on the table at this point,” Carmack-Altwies said:.
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Currently, officers are investigating the incident to determine how the live round in the gun ended and if anyone, including Baldwin, will face charges. The 63-year-old actor first broke his silence on Twitter a day after the incident in which he said he was complying with investigators.
“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins.” he wrote at the time.
baldwin couple: “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband.” , broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina.”
According to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and obtained by Granthshala News, the former “30 Rock” actor was one of three people who handled a gun prior to accidental discharge and is currently facing any criminal liability. potential candidates. .
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reid reportedly handles a prop gun left on a car outside the structure they were shooting at due to coronavirus restrictions. Assistant Director Dave Hall handed one of those guns to Baldwin. According to the Santa Fe Court, Hall declared that it was a “cold gun” before giving it to the actor, a meaning that the shotgun was unloaded. Somewhere along the line, communication and security protocols collapsed and a woman was killed.
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The question remains what the investigators will find as well as who, if any, will be held accountable for it. While the district attorney noted that criminal charges are not off the table, legal experts who spoke with Granthshala News say all signs point to the actor escaping criminal charges and the blame lies with those who made it. Neglected to properly test the firearm before inserting it. his hands. However, that doesn’t mean Baldwin shouldn’t expect to find himself in legal proceedings over the incident.
“Baldwin faces an almost certain civil liability for Hutchins’ death. There are several grounds for civil negligence, including directly against Baldwin for pointing a prop gun at Hutchins, or indirectly against the production company.” who employed Gutierrez-Reid, Armorer, to load the gun with a live round. As executive producer, Baldwin is responsible for the actions of his employees and the scope of their employment,” federal prosecutor and legal Commentator Neema Rahmani told Granthshala News.
Rahmani continued: “The likelihood of criminal charges against Baldwin is very low as there is no evidence (as of now) that he knew the gun was loaded or otherwise criminally negligent. Can’t be prosecuted personally, he can be a witness in a homicide. In order to prosecute Gutierrez-Reid, he must, therefore, seek counsel immediately.”
Those comments echo comments made by other legal experts such as Rachel Fisset, who previously told Granthshala News: “From what we know it seems improbable that Alec Baldwin intentionally or recklessly fired a gun, thinking it might kill another person.”
However, given the fact that Baldwin is the producer of the film, civil liability may immediately come into question following any criminal charges that may emerge from the detectives’ investigation.
“There is no doubt in my mind that there would be some kind of civil liability for this heinous accident on set. Such a tragic accident is preventable and Ms. Hutchins’ family would have received monetary damages either through a lawsuit or an immediate settlement.” Likely from the production company,” Fissette said.
If history is any indication, this case may reflect the tragedy that happened on the set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” In 1982 actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, aged 6 and 7, were tragically killed in an on-set accident when a helicopter went out of control and crushed them. New York Post Reports that director John Landis and four co-defendants were brought on criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter. They were eventually found innocent.
However, the families of Renee Shin-Yi Chen and Myka Dinh Le, the two child actors killed in the incident, were reportedly awarded a $200 million settlement from the defendants, Warner Bros., Burbank Studios and Spielberg.