New Mexico prosecutors say Alec Baldwin made ‘Rust’ film set unsafe

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New Mexico prosecutors accused Alec Baldwin of contributing to making the set of the Western movie “Rust” unsafe by having “no control” on his emotions before shooting the cinematographer — and alleging that the actor and his legal team An attempt was made to achieve the state’s case. The dismissal brought against him was misleading and manipulative.

Prosecutors said Baldwin, 66, has shirked responsibility since his prop gun was fired in his hand during an informal rehearsal on October 21, 2021, killing Halina Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

The charges, made in a filing made public Monday by special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis, show that prosecutors intend to act vigorously against Baldwin, who was indicted by a grand jury in January on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. was convicted. Baldwin’s trial is scheduled for July in Santa Fe, and he has pleaded not guilty.

Morrissey and Lewis accused Baldwin’s lawyers of making “false or misleading” statements in order to get the indictment dismissed.

Prosecutors last year dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin “pending further investigation,” but warned that charges could be retried. In the most recent filing, they decided to temporarily drop the charges as a show of good faith as their investigation continues.

On Monday, Morrissey wrote that he and Lewis have experienced “conceived and unfair personal attacks” from Baldwin, as well as “nearly countless lies and manipulation” from the actor’s legal team “for over a year.”

Attorneys representing Baldwin did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Tuesday, but previously called the allegations against him “misguided” and argued that Baldwin was not at fault because he was told the gun was in the The bullets were not loaded with live bullets.

in their most recent In the filing, prosecutors, citing witness testimony, painted a picture in which Baldwin’s alleged “constant running afoul of the crew” and erratic behavior on the set helped turn it into an unsafe environment where people interact with others, with disastrous consequences. Cut corners.

Morrissey alleged, “The actor was repeatedly yelling and cursing at himself, at crew members or at anyone, and not for any particular reason.”

The filing marks the latest chapter in the long-running legal saga surrounding Hutchins’ death. “Rust” armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last month and is expected to be sentenced on April 15, after her efforts to challenge her conviction were unsuccessful.

Prosecutors have alleged that Gutierrez-Reed brought live ammunition onto the set and inadvertently loaded it into the .45 Long Colt revolver Baldwin used during rehearsals, killing Hutchins. Baldwin has claimed that he never pulled the trigger.

Morrissey and Lewis accused Gutierrez-Reid of negligence, but accused Baldwin of failing to notice that the 24-year-old “wasn’t ready for the job.”

While filing a petition in the court last month The actor’s attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against Baldwin. He Prosecutors “publicly dragged Baldwin into the hole created by his improprieties – regardless of the fact that serious criminal charges have been hanging over his head for two and a half years.”

He wrote, “This is an abuse of the system, and an abuse of an innocent person whose rights have been trampled to the extreme.”

Prosecutors’ filings detailed conversations between Baldwin, his legal team and prosecutors over the past year.

Morrissey wrote that, after offering Baldwin “a very favorable plea agreement” in October, he learned from a reporter that Baldwin’s lawyers had shared the confidential terms of the plea and any future plea hearings. They were running a campaign to divert attention from. He said he then learned that Baldwin had made a documentary about Hutchins and that he was “actively pressuring key witnesses in the case” to participate in it. “At this point the plea offer was revoked, and the case was scheduled for a grand jury,” he wrote.

Morrissey also shed light on what led to the initial dismissal of the charges last April. He Nicks argued that the hammer of the revolver Baldwin used on the day of the “Rust” shooting – which was forensically tested by the FBI – could have been modified. As a result, Morrissey said she agreed to dismiss the case against Baldwin in order to save the actor from paying attorneys to defend him at a preliminary hearing and later have the case dismissed if Forensic testing indicated that the hammer of the gun had indeed been modified.”

But Morrissey accused Baldwin of creating confusion about the terms under which the case was dismissed, and said forensic testing ultimately “concluded that the gun was capable of discharging on October 21, 2021.” The trigger had to be pulled,” and that “the alleged modification of the hammer was simply the damage caused when the FBI hit the hammer so many times that it eventually damaged the hammer and spear.”

Samantha Cherry and Herb Scribner contributed to this report.

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