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USA. Judge rejects Baldwin's request to withdraw the indictment in the death of a cinematographer on the set of the film “Rust”

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A New Mexico court on Friday rejected Alec Baldwin's request to dismiss a manslaughter charge in the 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The court's decision opens the way to an unprecedented trial of a Hollywood actor.

Judge in New State Mexico Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday rejected actor Alec Baldwin's request to drop the manslaughter charge in the 2021 death of cameraman working on the film “Rust” Halyna Hutchins.

During a rehearsal on the set, assistant director David Halls allegedly handed the actor a revolver, saying it had no live bullets. This was the only charge brought against him in connection with the death of a cinematographer of Ukrainian origin. The bullet also injured director Joel Souza.

Sommer's decision opens the way to an unprecedented trial of a Hollywood actor for death on a film set. Baldwin faces a maximum of 1.5 years in prison.

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Baldwin made “shameless” attempts to avoid responsibility

Baldwin's lawyers argued at the May 17 hearing that the grand jury's indictment against the actor was “fiction.” The New Mexico state prosecutor did not inform them that they could question defense witnesses, which prevented them from hearing the evidence regarding the tragic incident.

Prosecutors denied the allegations. They said Baldwin made “shameless” attempts to avoid responsibility. They pointed to contradictions in his statements to law enforcement, workplace safety regulators and in a television interview.

In April, Sommer sentenced weapons master “Rust” Hannah Gutierrez to 18 months in prison. The jury found her guilty of manslaughter in Hutchins' death. She was responsible for the safety and storage of weapons on the film set.

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