On Wednesday (31), actor Alec Baldwin defended himself against allegations of manslaughter, arising from the filming of the 2021 film “Rust”. According to court documents, the actor pleaded not guilty.
Baldwin was scheduled to appear virtually in a New Mexico courtroom on Thursday, but his appearance was waived through the document in which he asserts his innocence.
Hearing was canceled with the judge accepting the letter
According to a court spokesperson, the originally scheduled hearing was canceled as Baldwin’s letter was accepted by the judge handling the case. The actor is accused of being negligent with the firearm that caused the death of photography director Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin is accused of disrespectful and indifferent act
The only charge against the actor is “negligent use of a firearm”. An alternative indictment alleges that he caused Hutchins’ death without due caution, calling it “an act committed with complete disregard or indifference to the safety of others“.
After pleading not guilty, Baldwin was released on bail, but must comply with certain measures imposed by the court. As part of the conditions for his release, Alec must obey the law, not possess firearms or dangerous weapons, not consume alcohol or illicit substances and avoid contact with potential witnesses in the case.
Defense refutes allegations
Baldwin’s lawyer had previously insisted that his client was not guilty. Manslaughter charges were dropped against Baldwin last year. Prosecutors, at the time, stated that they could not “proceed under current time constraints and based on facts and evidence turned over by law enforcement authorities” due to “new facts” that emerged in the case.
Remember the case
Director of photography Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when a gun handled by Baldwin went off during a scene rehearsal on the set of the western. Alec denied pulling the trigger on the gun in a previous interview with CNN.
In October, prosecutors said “additional facts have emerged that we believe show Baldwin bears criminal culpability for the death of Halyna Hutchins.” The case may be re-filed at a later date. If convicted, Alec Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.