The Actors Guild of the United States (SAG-Aftra) considered this Thursday that the charges of involuntary manslaughter against Alec Baldwin, for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of “Rust”, they respond to an “erroneous” and “unfounded” decision.
“The prosecutor’s assertion that an actor has a duty to ensure the proper functioning of a firearm on a production set is erroneous and without foundation,” argues a statement issued by the organization.
The responsibility for using firearms on a recording set should fall on experts and not on the interpreter himself, so Hutchins’ death would not be the result of “a criminal act or a neglect of duties” by Baldwin, according to this institution that represents 160,000 film and radio professionals.
“Anyone who is given a firearm on a set must receive training and guidance on its handling and safe use,” the statement continues.
The text comes as a response to the decision of this Thursday by the prosecutor of the First Judicial District of the state of New Mexico (USA), Mary Carmack-Altwies, of file criminal manslaughter charges against Baldwin and against the gunsmith and security protocol officer for “Rust”, Hannah Gutiérrez Reed.
Baldwin, who was also serving as a producer on the film, could face criminal prosecution Unless you reach a plea bargain.
Carmack-Altwies announced the charges after months of speculation about involvement in the event by Baldwin, who fired a prop gun containing live ammunition, when live ammunition is prohibited on filming.
Hutchins was shot in the chest and the film’s director, Joel Souza, was also wounded while rehearsing a scene with Baldwin in Santa Fe County, New Mexico on October 21, 2021.
Baldwin -known for tapes such as “Pearl Harbor”- He has defended his innocence in different interviews with the media alleging that the responsibility for ensuring the safety of the weapons in “Rust” was assigned to Gutiérrez Reed, who never pulled the trigger, and that the weapon detonated because it was defective.
A version that contradicts an August report in which different FBI analysts affirm that the pistol was tested and functioned normally and that for it to fire, you had to have pulled the trigger.