Producers and Alec Baldwin have settled with the estate of the cinematographer who was fatally shot last year on the set of “Rust,” presumably setting the stage for the movie to resume filming in January.
According to Deadline, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, is now “Rust’s” executive producer. Director Joel Souza — who was shot during the deadly October 2021 incident — announced he will also return to finish filming the movie.
The specific stipulations of the wrongful death settlement were not disclosed.
“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” Matthew Hutchins said in a statement to Deadline.
“All of us believe 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.”
On October 21, 2021, Baldwin, 64, was reportedly showing how he would pull a gun from the holster when the weapon fired in a mock church pew at Bonanza Creek Ranch — fatally shooting Hutchins in the chest and wounding director Souza in his shoulder. The bullet traveled through Souza’s shoulder before striking Hutchins.
No criminal charges have been filed in connection with last year’s deadly shooting. However, in September, New Mexico district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies requested emergency funds to pursue criminal charges in four cases related to the shooting.
In her request, Carmack-Altwies wrote that “one of the possible defendants is well-known movie actor Alec Baldwin.” It remains unclear what charges the actor would face.
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[Featured image: Alec Baldwin/AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File; Halyna Hutchins/Instagram]