Alec Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The 64-year-old actor was charged by the Santa Fe District Attorney’s (DA) office with two counts of manslaughter on the set of the October 2021 film “Rusty.”
Facing the first fee Baldwin – Involuntary Manslaughter – Evidence of underlying negligence is required.
The second charge—manslaughter while committing a lawful act—requires proof that the death was more than simple negligence.
He was due to appear in court on Friday but entered a plea on Thursday, waiving his right to an initial court appearance.
A preliminary hearing date has not yet been set but will determine whether the case goes to trial.
Earlier this week, a Firearms enhancements to charges were dropped DA, which means that the potential maximum sentence Baldwin faces is reduced from five years to 18 months.
his Lawyer argues enhancements are ‘illegal’ Because it was issued seven months after the incident, and because the charge carries the “maximum legal penalty”, the government should “consider it carefully”.
In a statement after the notice was withdrawn, his lawyer said: “Instead, a government spokesman immediately issued a special statement to the media characterizing the motion as an attempt by Mr Baldwin’s ‘fancy lawyers’ to ‘divert’ the attention to the case.”
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The actor also faces a separate civil lawsuit filed by Ms Hutchins’ family on Feb. 9.
They are suing Baldwin and Rust Film Productions for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and loss of syndicate — for damages to a codependent relationship.
The producer has announced Westerns to resume filming in springit has been more than a year since the fatal shooting.
With the support of her husband, a documentary on Ms Hutchins’ life and final work, including the completion of the film, is also in the works.