During the filming of Rust on 21 October 2021, Alec Baldwin's fatal shooting of 42-year-old cinematographer Haylna Hutchins rocked Hollywood. However, the American actor and the victim's family agreed on a settlement on Wednesday 5 October. Filming will resume in January 2023.
One year after the tragedy, a conclusion. Variety reports that Alec Baldwin has signed an agreement, this Wednesday 5 October, with the family of 42-year-old Ukrainian director of photography of the film Rust, Haylna Hutchins. "I have no desire to make recriminations or point fingers (either at the producers or Alec Baldwin)," Matthew Hutchins, the husband of the deceased, said in a statement from the film's production. "We are all convinced that Halyna's death was the result of a terrible accident".
The facts date back to 21 October 2021. The actor had fired a Colt. 45 which he was convinced was "cold", i.e. loaded with blanks. The crew was about to shoot a scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch, near Santa Fe in the southern United States. The shot was suddenly fired at the Ukrainian woman, mother of a 9-year-old boy. Director Joel Souza was also injured. The tragedy is obviously reminiscent of the tragedy on the set of The Crow in 1993, when American actor Brandon Lee was accidentally killed by a gunshot.
Lawsuit ends, shooting resumes
In the aftermath of the tragedy, "negligence" was revealed on the set: mixing dummy and live bullets, unchecked weapons or misplaced ammunition. The director's assistant, Dave Hall, admitted that he had not checked the gun in question properly. Baldwin's settlement with the family of Haylna Hutchins puts an end to the legal proceedings against the actor.
To everyone's surprise, production on Rust will resume in January 2023. In a statement Wednesday, Baldwin's lawyer Luke Nikas had a word for the victim's loved ones: "Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what is best for Halyna's son. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation."