Halyna Hutchins was shot with prop gun actor was using during filming in New Mexico of western Rust in 2021, according to the Guardian.
Alec Baldwin has agreed to a settlement with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was killed on the set of the western Rust she was filming in New Mexico in 2021 when she was shot with a prop gun the US actor was using.
The parties reached an undisclosed settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in February against the actor and other defendants.
The original lawsuit, filed by Hutchins’s family, claimed Rust film producers “failed to perform industry standard safety checks and follow basic gun safety rules while using real guns to produce the movie Rust, with fatal consequences”.
A statement released by Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, from the New York law firm Quinn Emamuel, said: “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”
Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film as well as being the star when the tragedy occurred, is among up to four people who still may face criminal charges later this month over the death of Hutchins, a New Mexico prosecutor said in late September.
The final police report on the shooting near Santa Fe is expected this month, at which time prosecutors will file criminal charges if warranted, district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told the state’s finance board.
The movie will resume filming in January and Matthew Hutchins, Halyna’s widower, will be an executive producer and receive a portion of the profits, the lawyer’s statement on Wednesday added.
A statement from Hutchins read: “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC. As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed.”
He added: “I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr Baldwin). All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”
News of the settlement was first reported by entertainment outlet Deadline.