American actor Alec Baldwin was charged on Tuesday with manslaughter for a fatal shooting on a film set in 2021. If convicted of aggravated negligence, the Hollywood star faces up to five years in prison.
Baldwin, 64, had fired a prop gun, killing the cinematographer and injuring the director of the film “Rust” which was filming on a ranch in New Mexico.
The film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is also charged with the same count, according to the district attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“No one is above the law and everyone deserves justice,” said prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies.
As a reminder, during the preparations for a scene, Baldwin had fired a live ammunition from a revolver, killing Halyna Hutchins, 42, while the director of the film, Joel Souza, had been injured.
The actor had pointed a gun at the cinematographer and director despite knowing the first rule of gun safety is never to point a gun at anyone, investigators said in a statement to the court.
Baldwin is also the co-producer of the film where he plays the role of an outlaw whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of an accidental murder.