The lawyers for the Hollywood star Alec Baldwin (65) assume that criminal proceedings against the actor will be dropped after a fatal shot during a western shoot. They were pleased with the decision that the case against Baldwin would be dropped, said Baldwin's lawyers Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro in a statement on Thursday, which was available to the German Press Agency. The public prosecutor's office in Santa Fe (US state of New Mexico) initially did not confirm this on request. It was unclear whether the authorities would make an official statement on Thursday or only on Friday.
Camerawoman Halyna Hutchins was fatally injured in October 2021 while filming the western "Rust" at a film ranch in Santa Fe. Baldwin, who served as lead actor and producer on the film, was holding a gun in rehearsal for a scene when a shot went off. There was a real bullet in the Colt. It's unclear how the live ammunition got on set.
Baldwin and gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed were charged with involuntary manslaughter in January. Both have always denied responsibility for the fatal accident.