According to a statement issued by the actor’s lawyer, the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer died on the “Rust” film set in 2021, and Alec Baldwin have reached an undisclosed settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit brought against the actor and others.
The case against Baldwin, the movie’s production firms, producers, and other important crew members was filed in Santa Fe in February and claimed many violations of industry standards.
According to the announcement, Matthew Hutchins, the widower of Halyna Hutchins, who was slain on the site, will serve as an executive producer.
“We have achieved a settlement in our wrongful death lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC, subject to court approval. That agreement includes the dismissal of our case. In January 2023, Rust’s filming will resume with all of the original main cast members present.
I will now serve as executive producer. No, I’m not interested in making excuses or assigning responsibility (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). We all agree that Halyna’s passing was a sad accident.
In a statement, Hutchins stated, “I am honored that the creators and the entertainment industry have united to honor Halyna’s final work.
“Throughout this challenging process, everyone has retained a specific intention to act in Halyna’s son’s best interests. In a statement, Alec Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel said, “We are grateful to everyone who helped to resolve this unfortunate and painful issue.
Joel Souza, the film’s director, who was also hurt during the shooting, is anticipated to make a comeback.
“Those of us who had the good fortune to spend time with Halyna were aware of her extraordinary talent, kindness, and creative spirit. I only wish she had been introduced to the world under different conditions, as her incredible work undoubtedly would have done so.
Any decision to come back and complete directing the movie could only make sense for me in terms of my own healing if it involved Matt and the Hutchins family.
Although it is undoubtedly bittersweet, I am happy that Halyna and I will now work together to finish what we began. I will give this movie everything I’ve got in order to make Halyna proud and carry on her legacy.
To see this through on her behalf is a privilege, Souza said in a statement.
“We are glad the parties came together to conclude this case,” Rust Movie Productions, LLC, through its lawyer Melina Spadone of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, stated. “Subject to court approval, this resolution marks an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and recognizing her work.”
In addition, it was alleged in the lawsuit that the production companies and producers “cut corners” and “chose to hire the cheapest crew available,” citing in particular how they “knowingly hired a wholly unqualified armorer” and required her to split time in a second role as assistant props master.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who played the armorer on “Rust,” was represented by Jason Bowles, who stated that they hoped the payment would be seen as a “measure of Justice.”
Hannah is appreciative that the Hutchins family will benefit from this settlement and that the parties were able to successfully conclude the civil litigation.
We are hoping the district attorney’s office will agree that a certain amount of justice has been served in relation to this unfortunate accident and decide not to press charges, according to Bowles.
The continuing criminal investigation into the matter will not be affected by the settlement deal, a representative for the Santa Fe district attorney said CNN in a statement.
Criminal prosecutions only deal with the facts, according to Heather Brewer, a spokesman for the Office of the First Judicial District Attorney of New Mexico.
“Civil disputes are settled privately and may entail financial awards, but criminal cases deal only in facts,” she added. “Charges will be filed if the circumstances and evidence support criminal prosecution under New Mexico law. Nobody is exempt from the law.