A New Mexico judge has denied actor Alec Baldwin’s request to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by members of the “Rust” crew. Recall that on the set of the production, cinematographer Halyn Hutchins died after Baldwin accidentally shot her with a gun that was a prop in the scene.
According to local media, Judge Bryan Biedscheid denied Baldwin’s motion to dismiss the civil suit filed by Ross Addie, Doran Curtin and Reese Price. According to numerous reports, the thesis is put forward that the actor, who was also the producer of the film, limited himself in terms of security and threatened the integrity of the cast.
In response to the judge’s decision, Robert Schwartz, a lawyer representing the famous actor, stated that the lawsuit put Baldwin at risk of self-incrimination. What’s more, he could reveal evidence that prosecutors could use if they decide to re-file criminal charges against him in connection with Hutchins’ death.
On April 20, 2023, Baldwin, who had consistently maintained that he had never pulled the trigger on a prop pistol in his possession, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter. However, on August 15, a new forensic report submitted by a weapons expert determined that the trigger must have been pulled long enough to activate the gun. This opens the door to new charges against Alec Baldwin. The more that the documents indicate that he had to pull the trigger. Prosecutors previously said if the weapon was found to be working properly, Baldwin would be charged again. However, no new criminal charges have been brought against him so far.