Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins’s Family Reach ‘Rust’ Settlement

Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins's Family Reach 'Rust' Settlement

The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie “Rust” last year, has reached a settlement in its wrongful-death lawsuit against crew members and producers, including Mr. Baldwin, lawyers for the parties said on Wednesday.

Production of the film will resume in January, with Matthew Hutchins, Ms. Hutchins’s widower, as executive producer, according to the terms of the settlement. The film will be directed by Joel Souza, the film’s original director.

The suit, which was filed by Mr. Hutchins, her young son and the personal representative of Ms. Hutchins’s estate in New Mexico in February, accused Mr. Baldwin and the other defendants of reckless conduct and cost-cutting measures that endangered the crew, including failing to follow basic industry standard safety checks and gun safety rules.

“The filming of ‘Rust,’ which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board, in January 2023,” Mr. Hutchins said in a statement about the settlement that was released through his lawyer. “I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”

Ms. Hutchins was fatally shot on Oct. 21, 2021, as Mr. Baldwin practiced drawing an old-fashioned revolver from a shoulder holster. He had incorrectly been told the gun did not contain live ammunition, but it went off, firing a bullet that killed Ms. Hutchins and injured Mr. Souza. Criminal charges could still be filed.

Lawyers for Mr. Hutchins said they were not sharing any further details of the settlement.

A lawyer for Mr. Baldwin, Luke Nikas, said: “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

A lawyer for Rust Movie Productions, Melina Spadone, said the resolution “marks an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”

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