Manslaughter charge against Baldwin upheld

The actor Alec Baldwin and the gun attendant from the film RustHannah Gutierrez-Reed, were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shot of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the filming of the tape.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies had announced on January 19 that she would file the charges at the end of January. Baldwin fired a revolver with which she was rehearsing a live bullet that killed Hutchins.

The “30 Rock” actor has denied responsibility for the incident, stating that he cocked the revolver but never Pulled the trigger and that it was the job of Gutierrez-Reed and other gun professionals to make sure it was unloaded.

Gutierrez-Reed said he checked that the cartridges he had loaded in the revolver were blanks before turning it over to the first assistant director, Dave Halls.

Halls handed it over to Baldwin, telling him it was a “cold gun,” meaning it contained no explosive charge, according to police.

Halls has signed a misdemeanor plea agreement and is expected to cooperate with prosecution.

On December 13, Halls testified to the New Mexico workplace safety office that Gutierrez-Reed turned the gun over to Baldwin and that he never stated that the Colt .45 Pietta reproduction was a “cold weapon.”

Industry firearms safety guidelines direct actors to assume that a firearm is loaded with blank ammunition. Live ammunition is strictly prohibited on sets. (Reuters).

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