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Alec Baldwin to face involuntary manslaughter charge over shooting on ‘Rust’ set

In this file photo taken on June 22, 2021 US actor Alec Baldwin attends DreamWorks Animation's 'The Boss Baby: Family Business' premiere at SVA Theatre in New York City. (Angela Weiss/AFP)
In this file photo taken on June 22, 2021 US actor Alec Baldwin attends DreamWorks Animation's 'The Boss Baby: Family Business' premiere at SVA Theatre in New York City. (Angela Weiss/AFP)

Alec Baldwin is to be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the accidental shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the low-budget western “Rust,” a US prosecutor says.

The film’s armorer, who was responsible for the weapon that fired the shot that killed Halyna Hutchins, will also be charged, New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announces.

If convicted, they both face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” Carmack-Altwies says.

“On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”

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