Charges Against Alec Baldwin to be Dropped

Three months ago, charges of involuntary manslaughter were filed against Alec Baldwin. According to various news sources today, his lawyer says those charges are being dropped. Baldwin was being charged in New Mexico over the shooting death of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer on the Western movie Rust. Baldwin fired the gun, not knowing a live round was chambered, killing Hutchins and wounding the director, Joel Souza. Baldwin claims he never pulled the trigger, but whatever happened, he was aiming the gun when it fired. Baldwin is also a producer on the film, so he was responsible even more than a simple actor would have been. Also charged was the set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed; her charges remain in place.

I’m not sure if this comes as a surprise or not. On the one hand, people like Alec Baldwin – rich and famous, with the “correct” politics – are rarely held accountable for their actions. He also clearly didn’t intend to kill Halyna Hutchins, although that doesn’t matter in a manslaughter charge. On the other hand, he was negligent, as an actor and a producer, and he did himself no favors by mouthing off to everyone he could while the investigation was ongoing and trying to frame himself as the victim. People don’t want to give an odious man like that the benefit of the doubt. I have no sympathy for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, either; it was her job to ensure the guns were safe, and she evidently has a history of gross negligence on film sets. I understand how bad it looks when the wealthy actor gets off while the blue-collar worker gets in trouble, but she deserves it. As for Baldwin, I think he does too; he was negligent, doing something other actors have said is so routine they do it without thinking about it, and now a woman is dead.

Comments (4)

April 20, 2023 at 7:54 pm

I also saw where Elon is covering the fees for Stephen King and LeBron. This is exactly why I gravitated to GnG, is that I am kind of sick of privileged celebrities that do not have to abide by the rules. Everything in the occupied country is selective and political. Never will be a level playing field. Do not ever kid yourself and anyone who talks about equality is lying to you.

April 21, 2023 at 8:24 pm

If I give you a loaded gun, with live ammo by mistake, then obviously her fault, why is there even live ammo on set? But at the same time it sounds like he aimed and fired (guns dont fire themselves) between takes. The worst is her husband dropping the law suit for money and a producer credit, scumbag.

    April 21, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    The armorer is definitely the most at fault, but the gun is supposed to be repeatedly checked on set, demonstrated as being safe to everyone around. A lot of people weren’t doing their jobs on that set. And she was apparently not a union member; the people they hired before her were union members, and they left because the set was unsafe. It looks like they were cutting corners left and right.

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