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Baldwin, Victim's Family Reach Settlement in ‘Rust’ Killing

The “Rust” production team and actor Alec Baldwin reached a settlement with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in a wrongful-death lawsuit. The case will be dismissed as part of the undisclosed settlement, which is subject to court approval, reports the Wall Street Journal. Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico last October after Baldwin fired a prop gun while preparing to rehearse a scene. The Ukrainian cinematographer was considered a rising talent in the field. “I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Baldwin),” said her husband, Matthew. “All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.”

“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” said Luke Nikas, an attorney representing Baldwin. It is possible criminal charges related to the shooting could still be brought. Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney for the Santa Fe area, requested $635,500 to prosecute as many as four people involved in the incident. The state’s board of finance has given her $317,750. A spokeswoman for the district attorney said the settlement in the civil case won’t affect whether the office brings criminal charges.


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