Los Angeles (USA), June 1. A judge for the district of New Mexico (USA) approved this Thursday the conciliation agreement between Alec Baldwin, as producer of “Rust”, and the family of director of photography Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot during filming. of that film in October 2021.
The financial details of this agreement, the ratification of which was announced by the Los Angeles Times, have not been disclosed, but it has been revealed that part of the financial compensation will go to Andros Hutchins, Halyna’s son who was 9 years old when she lost her life and who cannot be indemnified until reaching the age of majority.
“The agreement is fair, appropriate and looks after the best interest of Andros Hutchins, a protected minor,” judge Bryan Biedscheid said in the order issued this Thursday, according to the aforementioned outlet.
Hutchins’ direct family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit in February of last year alleging that Baldwin, as well as the rest of the producers, acted recklessly and did not respect the security protocols established for filming, which caused the death of the photography professional.
However, Matthew Hutchins, married to the director, surprisingly announced in October that he had reached an understanding with those responsible for the film whereby he would become executive producer of “Rust” and that filming would resume this year in the state of Mountain.
The judicial approval of this agreement has come just over a month after the New Mexico prosecutor’s office formally withdrew the charges against Baldwin.
“We are delighted with the decision to dismiss the case against Alec Baldwin and encourage an appropriate investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic accident,” Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, attorneys for the interpreter.
Baldwin and “Rust” gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had previously been indicted by the prosecution’s own manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins.
The cinematographer was killed when a revolver the actor was handling went off during the filming of “Rust” in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, after Gutierrez-Reed checked the revolver and assistant David Halls left. handed it over as a “cold weapon” without live ammunition.
Baldwin has defended his innocence in different interviews with the media, alleging that the responsibility for complying with the safety of the weapons in “Rust” was assigned to Gutierrez-Reed and that he never pulled the trigger, but instead the weapon detonated because it had some defect.
Hutchins’ death also triggered a series of cross-lawsuits in which Balwin sued members of his team, arguing that they gave him a loaded firearm; while Halls countersued him for “active negligence.”
Following the incident, in which director Joel Souza was also wounded, authorities found test cartridges mixed with real bullets.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigation has not yet been able to figure out how they got to the recording set.