A settlement has been struck between Alec Baldwin, the “Rust” producers, and the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
On October 21, 2021, while practicing a shot for the movie “Rust” on the New Mexico set, Hutchins was killed when a gun Baldwin was carrying went off. On the set, the group had been practicing in a little chapel.
“We have achieved a settlement in our wrongful death lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC, among other Rust producers, which is still awaiting court clearance. Our case will be dismissed as part of that agreement, “In a statement to Fox News Digital, Matthew Hutchins quoted his lawyer Brian Panish of Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP.
“In January 2023, Rust’s filming will resume with all of the original main cast members present. I will now serve as executive producer. No, I’m not interested in making excuses or assigning responsibility (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). We all think that Halyna’s passing was a sad accident. I appreciate how the creators and the entertainment industry came together to honor Halyna’s final work.”
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Baldwin’s attorney also issued a statement about how the lawsuit was settled.
According to a statement provided to Deadline by Quinn Emanuel attorney Luke Nikas, “Everyone has retained the specific intention to do what is best for Halyna’s kid throughout this challenging process.” “We are grateful to everyone who helped bring this unfortunate and upsetting situation to a close.
The Hutchins estate filed the wrongful death complaint on February 15, which Fox News Digital previously acquired.
According to Hutchins’ attorney, the lawsuit named Baldwin and other individuals who “are responsible for the safety on the set” and denounced “reckless behavior and cost-cutting” that contributed to Hutchins’ passing.
The lawsuit also included the names of Hannah Gutierrez Reed, an armorer, David Halls, an assistant director, production companies, and producers.
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Before filing, Matthew’s attorneys conducted interviews with witnesses and assembled evidence for the wrongful death complaint in a video. Matthew’s lawyers repeated assertions made by crew members that the “Rust” set was unsafe in the film shown at a press conference. Baldwin and the “Rust” cast and crew were accused of committing “serious violations” of safety on the site, according to the lawsuit.
The family filed a lawsuit in order to recover punitive damages, funeral and burial costs, as well as other things that would be decided at trial.
According to the lawsuit, “Halyna Hutchins deserved to live, and the Defendants had the power to stop her death if they had only held sacrosanct their duty to protect the safety of every person on a set where firearms were present instead of rushing to stay on schedule, cutting corners on safety procedures where human lives were at stake, and ignoring numerous complaints of safety violations.”
“This action seeks to bring accountable those who caused her untimely death and to provide justice for the losses of her survivors.”
Baldwin and other people connected to the production might still be charged for Hutchins’ passing even after the civil litigation was resolved.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is still looking into the incident that occurred on the set on October 21, 2021. Before completing their investigation and forwarding their report to the district attorney, the department was waiting for Baldwin’s phone records.
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Baldwin was notably mentioned in Mary Carmack-Altwies’ plea for emergency financing to prosecute the case as the First Judicial District Attorney of New Mexico. The DA additionally stated that she planned to bring legal action against up to four extras who worked on the Bonanza Creek Ranch production.
Carmack-Altwies stated in documentation submitted for an emergency funding that “The Rust prosecution might be potentially involve prosecutions from one (1) to four (4) defendants.” Famous actor Alec Baldwin is one of the potential defendants.
Baldwin’s attorney, however, highlighted that the district attorney had not even yet gotten the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s report and urged the media to give the office “space to analyze” the upcoming report “without baseless conjecture and innuendo.”