Alec Baldwin is set to be cleared of manslaughter charges following the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust.
In October of 2021, Hutchins was killed after Baldwin's prop gun was discharged during filming. An extensive investigation was instigated by producers as well as the family of Hutchins, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
A settlement was made with her family, but charges were subsequently filed against Baldwin. He and his lawyer maintained his innocence consistently, and the charges have now been dropped.
"We are pleased with the decision to dismiss the case against Alec Baldwin and we encourage a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic accident," Baldwin's lawyers Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro said in a joint statement.
Production will recommence on Rust this summer, with Matthew Hutchins coming on as a producer.
"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," Matthew Hutchins previously said in a statement, as reported by Deadline.
"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."
Alec Baldwin on tragic Rust shooting