Movie producer, Alec Baldwin has reached an undisclosed amount settlement with the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer accidentally killed on the “Rust” movie set in 2021.
In the “wrongful death” lawsuit filed in February in Sanfa Fe, Baldwin was accused of violating many industry standards in film production.
Is any clue on the details of the settlement?
According to Matthew Hutchins, widower of Halyna, the settlement, which is subject to court approval, would see that the case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC would be dismissed. Also, the filming of Rust which he (Matthew Hutchins) will now be an executive producer, will resume with all the original principal players on board in January 2023.
“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producer or Mr. Baldwin). All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work” Matt Hutchins said in a statement.
What is the reaction from the production crew?
Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas said the team is grateful to “everyone who contributed to the resolution of the tragic and painful situation”. Also, the Director of the film, Joel Souza who sustained injuries in the shooting, said in his own attempt to heal, he would be pleased with the decision to involve Matt and the Hutchins family to complete what he and Halyna had started, adding that his every effort in the film will be devoted to honouring her legacy and making her proud.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who served as the armorer on the film, in a statement through her lawyer said she is grateful that the settlement will benefit the Hutchins family and that the parties were able to constructively resolve the civil lawsuit, adding that she hopes the settlement is recognised as a measure of justice and criminal charges are no longer pursued.
The Santa Fe District Attorney has however said that the settlement would not impact the ongoing criminal investigation in the case.