Fatal shooting on a set | Alec Baldwin comes to terms with his victim’s family

Fatal shooting on a set | Alec Baldwin comes to terms with his victim’s family

(Los Angeles) American actor Alec Baldwin announced on Wednesday that he had reached an agreement with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, whom he had killed in October 2021 while handling a revolver during the filming of the western Rusta dramatic news item that shocked Hollywood.

Posted at 10:23 a.m.
Updated at 11:39 a.m.

Romain FONSEGRIVES with Valentin GRAFF in Washington
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In an Instagram post, the comedian said he was “grateful to all those who have contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful case”. Production on the film will resume in January 2023, according to a separate statement obtained by AFP.

The agreement puts an end to the civil lawsuits initiated by the family of Hutchins versus Alec Baldwin.

The amount of this negotiated agreement, which must then be validated by a judge, was not disclosed.

“I have no desire to launch any recriminations or to point out the culprits (either the producers or Mr. Baldwin), commented the husband of the director of photography, Matthew Hutchins, quoted in the press release of the production of the movie. “We are all convinced that Halyna’s death resulted from a terrible accident. »

Filming is due to resume in January 2023, “with all the main protagonists,” he said, adding that he will be the executive producer.

On October 21, 2021, the filming of this western on a ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico had turned tragic when Mr. Baldwin had activated a weapon supposed to contain only blank bullets, but whose very real projectile had fatally injured Halyna Hutchins, 42 years old.


The shooting also injured the director of the film, Joel Souza, who welcomed Wednesday the upcoming resumption of filming.

“While it’s obviously bittersweet, I’m glad that together we’re now finishing what Halyna and I started. All my efforts on this film will be dedicated to honoring Halyna’s memory,” he explained, quoted in the production press release.

The filming accident, in a country regularly bereaved by firearms, had a very strong impact, beyond the American borders. The news item had led Hollywood studios to reflect on the rules and conditions for making films.

Halyna Hutchins’ family had filed a complaint against the actor in February, accusing him through their lawyer of “dangerous behavior” and denouncing the cost-cutting measures decided by the film’s producers, including Mr. Baldwin, having according to them led to the death of the filmmaker.

The police investigation, the conclusions of which have not yet been made public, focused in particular on determining how live ammunition could have been found on the set, which is in theory strictly prohibited, precisely to avoid accidents. .

Alec Baldwin had, while assuring that he did not want to “condemn” her, again recently pointed the finger at the gunsmith hired for the film, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and also mentioned the responsibility of assistant director Dave Halls, who had given him the weapon shortly before the shooting.

The 64-year-old actor, who has starred in numerous action films, has made a name for himself in particular for his comedic portrayal of Donald Trump on the show Saturday Night Live.

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