Alec Baldwin’s lawyer says prosecution is ‘miscarriage of justice’

Alec Baldwin sued by family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

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Today’s decision could see the actor facing criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter, following the fatal shooting during a rehearsal of the western film Rust. Alec’s lawyer, Luke Nikas from Quinn Emanuel, says this result “represents a terrible miscarriage of justice”.

He continued: “Mr Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set.

“He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

The film’s armorer, who oversaw the weapons used on set, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, will also be charged.

The film’s assistant director, David Halls, has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

This is expected to see him spend six months serving probation. 

This afternoon, the Santa Fe district attorney announced that they would be filing criminal charges and the plea deal in a statement on social media. 

They also revealed that there will be no charges filed specifically involving Joel Souza, who was also injured in the shooting.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, said in the statement: “I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew.

“On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”

More to follow…

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