Alec Baldwin Settles With Family of ‘Rust’ Set Shooting Victim
Actor Alec Baldwin has reached a settlement deal with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hitchens after she was killed on-set when he fired a prop gun.
A lawsuit was filed against Baldwin, producers and others in the wake of the shooting on the set of ‘Rust’, alleging violations of industry standards. The terms of the settlement, which remains subject to court approval, have not been disclosed.
The film’s producers were fined for the maximum $136,793 following the incident last October and criticised by the New Mexico Environment Department for showing “plain indifference to recognised hazards associated with use of firearms on set”.
Ms Hutchins’ widower, Matthew Hutchins, said in a statement that all parties believe that the killing was accidental.
“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame,” he said. “All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.”
Filming of ‘Rust’ is set to continue in January, with “all the original principal players” to remain involved, according to Mr Hutchins, who will become the film’s executive producer.