Alec Baldwin scheduled for trial this summer in 'Rust' movie shooting

A trial date has been set for actor Alec Baldwin on an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection with the 2021 shooting incident on the set of the movie “Rust.” The trial is scheduled to begin on July 9, with jury selection starting on that day and the trial itself expected to last eight days. Baldwin, who is the lead actor and a co-producer of the film, pleaded not guilty to the charge in January.

The incident occurred when Baldwin was handling a revolver on set and it went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. Baldwin has maintained that he did not pull the trigger, but new analysis of the revolver suggests otherwise.

The trial of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor on the film, is also underway with testimony from an FBI firearms expert. She is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

Baldwin, who is currently free pending trial, is prohibited from possessing firearms, consuming alcohol, or leaving the country. He is also restricted in his interactions with witnesses related to the film “Rust” and is not allowed to ask them to participate in any related documentary projects.

The outcome of both trials will have significant implications for Baldwin, who could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted. The case has garnered national attention and raised questions about safety protocols on film sets and the responsibilities of those involved in handling firearms during productions.


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