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Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ family has reached a settlement with Alec Baldwin and other Rust producers on his shooting death on set last year.
Under the settlement, which is subject to court approval, the filming of Rust will continue with the “original lead cast on board” and Hutchins’ husband Matthew serving as executive producer.
“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or blaming (the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” Matthew Hutchins said in a statement. “We all believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s latest work.”
The family’s wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and others Rust the producers would also be made redundant.
“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what’s best for Halyna’s son,” Baldwin said in an Instagram post Wednesday morning. “We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”
Last October, Hutchins was killed after the Colt .45 revolver Baldwin was holding unexpectedly exploded and fired a live round, hitting the cinematographer.
Baldwin, who said he was following Hutchins’ instructions while they were working on a stage for the Western, maintained he didn’t pull the trigger.
“I cock the gun. I say, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that? “And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off.”
Earlier this year, Baldwin filed for arbitration against Rust producers, arguing that it was not his responsibility to check the firearm for live ammunition and that he should be protected from any legal claims.
The film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, also took legal action over the shooting, blaming the production’s ammunition supplier.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting, but so far no one has been charged in Hutchins’ death.
Rust Director Joel Souza, who was injured during filming, praised Hutchins as “extremely talented, kind and creative” and said he was delighted to be able to complete the film with the support of his family.
“In my own attempts at healing, any decision to return to complete the making of the film could only make sense to me if it was done with input from Matt and the Hutchins family,” Souza said.
“All of my efforts on this film will be dedicated to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It’s a privilege to see this on her behalf,” he added.
Melina Spadone, attorney for Rust Movie Productions, LLC, said the proposed settlement is “an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”