Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges after film set death

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Alec Baldwin has pleaded not blameworthy to 2 charges of involuntary manslaughter implicit the decease of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The 64-year-old histrion was charged by the Santa Fe District Attorney's (DA) bureau with 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter connected the acceptable of the movie Rust successful October 2021.

The archetypal complaint facing Baldwin - involuntary manslaughter - requires impervious of underlying negligence.

The 2nd complaint - involuntary manslaughter successful the committee of a lawful enactment - requires impervious that determination was much than elemental negligence progressive successful a death.

He was owed successful tribunal connected Friday, but entered the pleas connected Thursday, waiving his close to a archetypal quality successful court.

A preliminary proceeding day is yet to beryllium set, but volition find whether the lawsuit volition spell to trial.

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Image: Baldwin pictured connected acceptable of Rust. Pic: Sante Fe Police

Earlier this week, a firearm enhancement to the complaint was dropped by the DA, meaning the imaginable maximum condemnation Baldwin faces was reduced from 5 years to 18 months.

His lawyers argued that the enhancement was "unlawful" arsenic it had been enacted 7 months aft the incident, and that the authorities should person taken "careful consideration" owed to the complaint carrying the "greatest ineligible penalty".

In a connection pursuing the withdrawal notice, his lawyers said: "Instead, a spokesperson for the authorities instantly issues an bonzer connection to the media characterising the question arsenic an 'attempt to distract' from the lawsuit by Mr Baldwin's 'fancy attorneys'."

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The histrion besides faces a abstracted civilian suit filed by the household of Ms Hutchins connected 9 February.

They are suing some Baldwin and the Rust movie accumulation institution for alleged battery, intentional infliction of affectional distress, negligence and nonaccomplishment of consortium - a assertion to compensate for harm to relationships that are mutually dependent.

Producers person announced that filming connected the occidental movie volition resume successful the spring, much than a twelvemonth connected from the fatal shooting.

A documentary astir Ms Hutchins' beingness and last work, which volition see the completion of the movie, is besides successful the works alongside the production, supported by her husband.

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