The settlement between Alec Baldwin, the Rust film production company and Halyna Hutchins’ family will have “no impact” on the ongoing criminal investigation into the incident, the Santa Fe District Attorney said.
The spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said charges would still be brought if they were justified by the “facts and evidence” in the case.
The secret settlement with the estate of the slain cameraman – regarding the civil suit – was announced on Wednesday.
It came after lawyers representing Ms Hutchin’s husband Matthew and their son Andros sued the Hollywood star and the film’s other producers for wrongful death in February.
Ms Hutchins was killed on the film’s set in October 2021 after a prop gun held by Baldwin was fired.
Director Joel Souza was also injured while filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.
In a statement given to the PA news agency, Heather Brewer, spokeswoman for the Office of the First Judicial District Attorney, reiterated that “no one is above the law”.
The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against Rust film producers, including Alec Baldwin, in connection with the death of Halyna Hutchins will have no impact on the ongoing investigation by District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis.Spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Attorney’s Office
“The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against Rust film producers, including Alec Baldwin, in connection with the death of Halyna Hutchins will not affect the ongoing investigations of District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis or her have a final decision on whether to press criminal charges in the case,” the statement said.
“While civil lawsuits are settled privately and often involve sums of money, criminal lawsuits deal only with facts.
“If the facts and evidence warrant a criminal charge under New Mexico law, charges will be filed.
“No one is above the law.”
Rust will resume filming in January 2023 with Matthew Hutchins serving as executive producer.
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Mr Hutchins said in a statement: “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, in our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC.
“As part of this settlement, our case is dismissed. Filming on Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume in January 2023 with all of the original leads on board.
“I have no interest in blaming or blaming[the producers or Mr. Baldwin].
“We all believe that Halyna’s death was a horrible accident. I’m grateful that the producers and entertainment community came together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”
Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained an expressed desire to do what is best for Halyna’s sonAlec Baldwin
In his own statement, Souza praised Ms Hutchins as “extraordinarily talented, kind, creative and a source of incredibly positive energy” and described the settlement as “bittersweet”.
“I just wish the world would have known her under different circumstances, as I’m sure her amazing work would have done,” he said.
“In my own attempts at healing, any decision to go back to directing could only make sense to me if it was done with the involvement of Matt and the Hutchins family.”
Baldwin thanked everyone who “helped resolve this tragic and painful situation.”
“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained an expressed desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” he said.
The developments come after a report on the incident revealed that the film’s production company “knew that firearms safety procedures were not followed on set” and “showed simple indifference to staff safety”.
Rust Movie Productions was fined US$136,793 (£104,810), the maximum allowable under New Mexico state law, after a six-month investigation by the State Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to the ongoing DA investigation, Baldwin and the Rust producers also face a case being brought forward by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.
However, a Los Angeles judge recently ruled that they did not have to face the central allegations of the assault and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/settlement-with-halyna-hutchins-estate-will-not-impact-criminal-investigation-42044425.html The settlement to Halyna Hutchin’s estate will “not affect” the criminal investigation.