Settlement with Halyna Hutchins estate will ‘not impact’ criminal investigation

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The settlement between Alec Baldwin, film production company Rust and Halyna Hutchins’ family will have “no impact” on the ongoing criminal investigation into the incident, the Santa Fe District Attorney said.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said charges would still be brought if warranted by the “facts and evidence” in the case.

The undisclosed settlement with the estate of the slain cinematographer – regarding the civil lawsuit – was announced on Wednesday.

It came after lawyers representing Ms Hutchins’ husband Matthew and their son Andros sued the Hollywood star and the film’s other producers for wrongful death in February.

Ms Hutchins was killed on the set of the film in October 2021 after a prop gun Baldwin was holding was discharged.

Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.

In a statement shared with the PA news agency, Heather Brewer, spokeswoman for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, reiterated that “no one is above the law.”

“The proposed settlement announced today in the Matthew Hutchins wrongful death case against Rust film producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins will have no impact on the prosecutor’s ongoing investigation. of Mary Carmack-Altweis District or on her final decision whether or not to file a criminal lawsuit. charges in the case,” the statement read.

“While civil suits are settled privately and often involve financial rewards, criminal cases only deal with facts.

“If the facts and evidence support criminal charges under New Mexico law, charges will be laid.

“No one is above the law.”

Rust will resume filming in January 2023, with Matthew Hutchins serving as executive producer.

Mr Hutchins said in a statement: “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 this settlement, our case will be rejected. Filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all original lead cast on board in January 2023.

“I have no interest in indulging in recriminations or blaming (the producers or Mr. Baldwin).

“We all think 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.

In her own statement, Souza praised Ms Hutchins as “extremely talented, kind, creative and an incredible source of positive energy”, describing the settlement as “bittersweet”.

“I just wish the world had gotten to know her under different circumstances, as it surely would have through her incredible work,” he said.

“In my own attempts at healing, any decision to return to complete the making of the film could only make sense to me if it was done with input from Matt and the Hutchins family.”

Baldwin thanked everyone who “helped resolve this tragic and painful situation.”

“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what’s best for Halyna’s son,” he said.

The developments come after a report into the incident revealed that the film’s production company “knew gun safety procedures were not being followed on set” and “demonstrated blatant indifference to the film.” ‘regard to employee safety’.

Rust Movie Productions has been fined US$136,793 (£104,810), the maximum allowed under New Mexico state law, following a six-month investigation by the Department of the state environment.

In addition to the ongoing DA investigation, Baldwin and the producers of Rust are also facing a case brought by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.

However, a Los Angeles judge recently ruled that they would not have to face his main allegations of assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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