In a surprising turn of events, Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has been indicted by a New Mexico grand jury on charges related to the tragic 2021 fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust,” according to court documents recently revealed in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
The actor is now facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the incident that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and left director Joel Souza injured.
The fatal incident occurred during a scene rehearsal when a gun held by Baldwin discharged a live round.
In a previous development, involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin were dropped last year.
Prosecutors explained that they were unable to proceed under the existing time constraints and the facts and evidence provided by law enforcement due to “new facts” emerging in the case.
Baldwin’s attorney has consistently maintained his client’s innocence, stating, “We look forward to our day in court.” Attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro made this statement to CNN on Friday, January 19.
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The 65-year-old actor was reportedly practicing firing a Colt .45 pistol before filming a scene for “Rust” in October 2021.
The accidental discharge resulted in the tragic death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuries to director Joel Souza.
Despite Baldwin’s assertion that he did not pull the trigger, special prosecutors in New Mexico argue that the analysis of the weapon indicates it could not have been fired without a deliberate pull of the trigger.
As Alec Baldwin faces renewed legal challenges and the Rust shooting case takes another unexpected turn, the actor’s future in the film industry and the resolution of this tragic incident remain uncertain.