Alec Baldwin news – live: Hollywood backs actor in wake of Rust shooting involuntary manslaughter charges – The Independent

‘There’s nothing we can do to bring his mother back’: Alec Baldwin on Rust movie shooting

As Alec Baldwin faces charges of involuntary manslaughter over the 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Rust set, SAG-AFTRA and fellow actor Mickey Rourke have defended him.

The actor is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental shooting, New Mexico prosecutors announced on Thursday.

The first assistant director on Rust, David Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Meanwhile, the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Even amid the recent developments, continued production on Rust remains, a person with knowledge of the project told The New York Times.

Baldwin will still serve as the film’s lead and Joel Souza, who was wounded in the shooting, will return as director.

Thursday’s decision comes more than 15 months after the fatal October 2021 shooting, when a gun held by Baldwin discharged on set. A single bullet struck Souza in the shoulder before fatally striking Hutchins in the chest.

Baldwin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and maintained that he was told the gun was “cold”.

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Piers Morgan accuses Alec Baldwin of ‘Hollywood arrogance’ amid Rust shooting charges

Piers Morgan has commented on the news that Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins.

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 02:35

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Baldwin vows to ‘fight these charges’

In response to the charges facing Baldwin, the actor’s lawyers released a statement.

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‘We will fight these charges, and we will win’, Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas says over Rust shooting

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‘A really fast and loose set’

In an interview with CNN, New Mexico first judicial district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies explained how she had come to charge Alec Baldwin and armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed with involuntary manslaughter.

She explained that just because a fatal shooting was accidental, as was the case in Halyna Hutchins’ death, didn’t mean that no one could be held criminally liable.

“There was such a lack of safety and safety standards on that set… There were live rounds on set,” she told CNN.

“Nobody was checking those or at least they weren’t checking them consistently. And then they somehow got loaded into a gun handed off to Alec Baldwin. He didn’t check it.

“He didn’t do any of the things that he was supposed to do to make sure that he was safe or that anyone around him was safe. And then he pointed the gun at Halyna Hutchins and he pulled the trigger.”

Ms Carmack-Altwies described the production as “a really fast and loose set”.

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Why is Baldwin facing charges of involuntary manslaughter?

“No ono is above the law,” New Mexico’s DA said.

Read the DA’s full statement, explaining the reasons for the charges below…

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‘The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set,’ special prosecutor says

Inga Parkel21 January 2023 01:00

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Mickey Rourke defends Baldwin over new charges

Fellow actor Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), has spoken out in support of Baldwin over the recent charges facing the Beetlejuice star.

Rourke wrote that there was “no way in hell” Baldwin should be “charged with any negligence whatsoever”.

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‘To lay a blame on him is terribly, terribly wrong,’ actor said

Inga Parkel21 January 2023 00:00

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The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe looks at how the conversations surrounding Baldwin’s Rust shooting, are distracting us from something far more dangerous.

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Inga Parkel20 January 2023 23:00

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What is Baldwin’s net worth?

At the moment, Baldwin’s net worth is estimated to be around $70m (£57m). This sum is an accumulated amount from his entire earnings throughout his career.

The 64-year-old actor has appeared in numerous films and TV shows over a five-decade period. In that time, he’s also published two books and currently hosts the podcast Here’s the Thing, which he started in 2011.

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How many children does Baldwin have?

Baldwin has eight children in total. He shares his eldest daughter Ireland, 27, with his first wife, actor Kim Basinger, whom he divorced after nine years of marriage in 2002.

The 64-year-old actor and his wife Hilaria, 39, of 10 years, share seven children: Carmen, nine, Rafael, seven, Leonardo, six, Romeo, four, Eduardo, two, Lucia, two, and Ilaria, three months.

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Inga Parkel20 January 2023 21:00

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Alec Baldwin spotted for first time since facing charges

On Friday (20 January) morning, Baldwin was seen in public for the first time since it was announced on Thursday that he would be charged with involuntary manslaughter by the end of January.

The actor was shown hiding his face behind mail while entering a midtown Manhattan building, in photos taken by DailyMail.

After making a quick escape, his wife Hilaria spoke to the reporters outside of their apartment building. She was pictured wearing a green sweatshirt, emblazoned with the word “empathy” across the front.

Inga Parkel20 January 2023 20:00

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Hilaria tells reporters to ‘go home’ and ‘leave my family in peace’

Speaking to a swarm of reporters following her on Friday (20 January) morning, Hilaria asked that “on a human level” they leave her “family in peace”.

Reminding them that she and Baldwin have seven children, she told reporters that their presence was “not good”.

“Please, leave my family in peace and let this all play out,” Hilaria said.

Inga Parkel20 January 2023 19:30

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