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Alec Baldwin reaches settlement with Halyna Hutchins’ family

Alec Baldwin reaches settlement with Halyna Hutchins’ family

The cinematographer's widow will now serve as executive producer

Alec Baldwin has reached a settlement with Halyna Hutchins’ family about the movie Rust.

Hutchins was working as director of photography on the film when a prop gun the 64-year-old actor was holding accidentally fired at her on set, causing fatal injuries.

In February, the cinematographer's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and others involved in the production of Joel Souza's American Western film.

However, a settlement has been made and Hutchins' husband Matthew will now serve as executive producer on Rust, which is set to go ahead.

Mr Hutchins, who shares a son with his late wife, said in a statement: “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC. As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed.

"The filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board in January 2023.

"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."

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, added: "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."

Souza was also injured in the prop gun misfire, although he recovered and was released from hospital shortly after.

In the latest news, it's been revealed that he'll return to Rust as director, saying in a statement: "Those of us who were lucky enough to have spent time with Halyna knew her to be exceedingly talented, kind, creative, and a source of incredible positive energy.

Members of a crowd hold up candles to remember Halyna Hutchins.
ZUMA Press Inc/Alamy Stock Photo

"I only wish the world had gotten to know her under different circumstances, as it surely would have through her amazing work.

"In my own attempts to heal, any decision to return to finish directing the film could only make sense for me if it was done with the involvement of Matt and the Hutchins family.

"Though certainly bittersweet, I am pleased that together, we will now complete what Halyna and I started.

"My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It is a privilege to see this through on her behalf."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Featured Image Credit: Abaca Press / ZUMA Press Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Alec Baldwin, Film and TV