According to a statement made by Alec Baldwin‘s lawyer, he has settled a wrongful death case filed by the family of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer. She died while working on the 2021 film “Rust” for an unknown amount.
Baldwin, the film’s production firms, the film’s producers, and other key crew members were all named as defendants in a complaint that was filed in Santa Fe in February, alleging many violations of industry norms.
According to the release, Matthew Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’s widow, will serve as an executive producer on the film and share in its revenues. “With the help of our lawyers, we were able to achieve a settlement with Rust’s producers, Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC, in our wrongful death lawsuit against them.
Our lawsuit will be closed as part of that settlement. In January of 2023, we will bring back the cast of Rust (which I will be executive producing) to finish production.
I do not want to get into any kind of finger-pointing or blame-placing (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). We are all convinced that Halyna’s untimely demise was the result of an unfortunate circumstance.
I appreciate the efforts of the producers and the entertainment industry in honoring Halyna’s last film, “Hutchins, who issued a statement, stated. “All parties involved have kept Halyna’s son’s best interests at heart during this ordeal.
We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in ending this terrible ordeal, “Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, who represents Alec Baldwin, said as much in a statement. Joel Souza, the film’s director, was shot but is expected to return to work.
“Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Halyna well recognized her as someone who possessed extraordinary gifts in the areas of talent, kindness, creativity, and the provision of an abundance of positive energy. If only she had lived longer, her incredible talent would have been recognized worldwide.
To help myself heal, I would need Matt and the Hutchins family to be included in any choice to return to complete directing the film. While the thought of Halyna and I finally finish what we started is heartbreaking, I am glad that we can do it together.
I want to do this film justice and make Halyna pleased so that I will devote myself entirely to those goals. To see this through on her behalf is a privilege, “in his statement Souza stated.
“We are pleased the parties came together to resolve this matter,” said Rust Movie Productions, LLC’s attorney Spadone of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. “Subject to court approval, this marks an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”
Production companies and producers were accused of “cutting corners” and “choosing to hire the cheapest crew available” in the case, with it being pointed out that they “knowingly hired a wholly unqualified armorer” and made her work double time in the job of assistant props master.