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Actor Alec Baldwin is once again in the news. As one can imagine, it has nothing to do with a new show or a new film. There have been some developments in the infamous Halyna Hutchins shooting.
This, of course, was the incident back in October of 2021 when, while shooting (pardon the pun) “Rust”, Mr. Baldwin shot and killed cinematographer Hutchins with what was believed to be prop revolver. As an aside, the director of the film, Joel Souza, was also injured.
The whole situation has now seen some developments. In fact, we might finally be seeing some charges.
It was recently reported that:
Judge Michael E. Whitaker ruled on Thursday that “Rust” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell’s lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and other producers has been rescheduled for September 28.
Judge Whitaker moved the hearing to give the plaintiff the option to file an amended complaint and that he can seek punitive damages.
It was further reported by Deadline that:
“Mitchell, who was standing next to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when Hutchins was fatally shot with a prop weapon fired by the actor in October. Mitchell alleges extensive negligence on the New Mexico set and that the scene Baldwin was rehearsing never called for him to fire the weapon,”.
“Last month, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles ruled that Mamie Mitchell, the script supervisor who was standing next to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when she was fatally shot with a prop weapon fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the Rust film set, can seek punitive damages from some of the producers who sought to have the damages stricken,” the report added.
“For pleading purposes, the court finds the first amended complaint alleges facts sufficient to establish despicable conduct carried out by moving defendants with a willful and conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others,” the judge wrote at the time.
Whitaker also noted that Mitchell’s lawyers alleged the four defendants “intentionally undertook a low-budget and cost-cutting scheme that was known to create unsafe conditions for movie production crews that resulted in moving defendants’ failure to ensure basic safety protocols with respect to the hazardous use of firearms.”
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Adan Mendoza, the Santa Fe County Sheriff, recently went on the Today Show and said:
“I don’t think anybody’s off the hook when it comes to criminal charges. I’ve said this before: I think there was complacency on the set.
There was disorganization and a degree of negligence — whether that rises to a criminal level, that will be up to the district attorney,” he said during the interview.
It was further reported:
Baldwin is still part of the ongoing investigation into the Oct. 21, 2021, shooting of Hutchins on the New Mexico set of “Rust” after the actor fired a loaded gun at the cinematographer.
Baldwin previously declared that he does not believe any charges will be coming for him in the shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of his movie “Rust” but the district attorney does not necessarily agree.
While this is obviously the most serious brush with the law Baldwin has had, it is by no means the first. As far back as 1995, Baldwin was actually put under a citizen’s arrest after allegedly punching out a cameraman after he tried to take pictures of his then-wife, Kim Basinger.
Let’s not forget back in 2007, when he left a scathing voice mail to his then 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, in which he called her, among other things, a “fat pig”. Later on, in 2013, Baldwin caused a stir yet again when her used a homophobic slur at a photographer.
This was an act that caused his MSNBC show at the time to be cease production and was later shutdown entirely.