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The accidental shooting on the sets of the film “Rust” has been in the news ever since the incident on Thursday.

One name has been most commonly added to the story: Alec Baldwin.


The 63-year-old Oscar nominee was rehearsing a scene for a Western film when he accidentally discharged a prop gun, resulting in the death of crew member Helena Hutchins. Director Joel Souza was injured but has since been discharged from the hospital.

Authorities have opened an investigation into the incident, with Baldwin saying he is “cooperating fully.”

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Details of the investigation are sparse and as rumors spread, many are wondering whether Baldwin could be charged with a crime over the incident.

‘Guilty Level’

Granthshala News spoke with Chicago-based attorney Andrew Stoltman about the incident, who said the shooting could “absolutely” lead to criminal charges against the “Beetlejuice” star.

“He needs to start thinking like a potential defendant instead of just a tragic wrongdoer,” the lawyer warned. “There are offenses that cover such a situation depending on the level of his conviction.”

“He needs to start thinking like a potential defendant instead of just a tragic mistake-maker.”

—Andrew Stoltman, Chicago Attorney

Andrew Stoltman, Chicago Attorney.  (Stoltman Law photo)

Little is currently known about the incident, including whether Baldwin had any level of responsibility for testing or otherwise inspecting the firearm, leading to any possible charges facing Starr. became difficult to reduce.

“There are literally about a hundred different issues that will need to be resolved, but there is something called reckless homicide,” Stoltman explained. “I am not saying of course that he will be charged, but what I am saying is that whenever a person shoots another human being – even on accident, Even in self-defense – the police and eventually prosecutors watch very carefully what happened.”

“Whenever someone shoots another human being — on accident, even in self-defense — the police and ultimately prosecutors look very carefully at what happened.”

—Andrew Stoltman, Chicago Attorney

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Many are also questioning whether the film’s props team potentially bears some responsibility, although Stoltman stated that “further decisions regarding any criminal liability will be made at some other time” after Baldwin’s investigation. “.

“If someone just handed [Baldwin] gun and said, ‘It’s a prop gun,’ so clearly he has no criminal liability,” the lawyer continued. “But the $64,000 question is: what was his role in relation to crafting this gun ? Was there a trial procedure or procedure that he skipped or did not participate in? At this point, of course, it is too early to say as we do not know the answers to such questions.”

Movie props department

Christopher Melcher of Walzer Melcher, Calif., told Granthshala News that the props department — or whoever is in charge of it — “bears most of the blame.”

Director of photography Helena Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured in Thursday's incident in New Mexico.  He has since left the hospital.

He added that the props team would know whether any firearms on a film set “present a danger” to people nearby due to other incidents of actors being killed or injured by prop guns, “general Not to mention knowledge”.

“The prop master would know it is dangerous and would take extreme care to ensure that the gun was handled correctly, the actor was instructed how to use it, to verify that the gun was did not have bullets – that they were blank, to ensure that there was a safe distance between the actor and [anyone] who was anywhere near the gun,” he explained.

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“All those precautions would be drilled into the actor, whoever would handle the gun. They would go through these processes back and forth every time,” Melcher continued. “Failure to do so shall certainly lead to civil suit for damages of money by any person injured herein and then potentially criminal prosecution for being so negligent as to permit it.”

“The prop master would have known it was dangerous and would have taken extreme care to ensure that the gun was handled correctly, the actor was instructed how to use it.”

–Christopher Melcher, Walger Melcher Firm of California

He also pointed out that dubious details make it difficult to ascertain how a possible case might be tried and revealed later.

“if [the indcient] During the filming of a scene, the prop master would know exactly how the scene was set, where everyone was standing, what distances there should be…” explained the lawyer. “Failure to do so is so careless. It’s not an accident, it’s not a mistake. It’s something beyond that because it’s so far-sighted that it’s deadly to anyone who knows about firearms.”

911 audio from Thursday's incident in New Mexico confirmed that 'Rust' was shot during a rehearsal.

“If a gun was fired during a scene, the prop master could be criminally prosecuted,” Melcher said.

911 audio from the incident confirms that the gun was discharged during a rehearsal, which is typically used to check different camera angles and practice dialogue, any choreography and use of props – this question Raising why Hutchins and Souza were in the line of fire. as compared to the view from the side.

Furthermore, Melcher said, if Baldwin was using the gun as instructed, he has “no liability” for the incident, but if he was handed the gun without verifying whether it was loaded. , then it would be “reckless” and potentially make Baldwin “responsible.”

The attorney said any evidence that Baldwin was “playing around” with the firearm could also potentially land him in legal trouble.

Stoltman said the case would proceed slowly, predicting that because it is so high-profile, it could take “at least two months, if not more” before any progress is seen.