Alec Baldwin Is Being Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter
Alec Baldwin AND "Rust" cinematographer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed are both being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. They could face up to five years in prison. They're actually facing two counts EACH of manslaughter.
Assistant Director David Halls signed a plea agreement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
Alec claims Halls handed him the weapon and said it was safe, just before it went off.
Alec's attorney said the decision to charge him, quote, "represents a terrible miscarriage of justice."
He added that Baldwin, quote, "relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds . . . [He] had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun, or anywhere on the movie set."
A jury will have to decide which version of the crime each of them is guilty of. The version with the enhancement comes with a mandatory five-year prison sentence.
Otherwise, it's a much more lenient 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. A preliminary hearing is about two months away.
The DA said, quote, "The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the 'Rust' film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don't take our state's commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously."