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Alec Baldwin responds to involuntary manslaughter charges being dropped

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Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin has responded to his involuntary manslaughter charges being dropped.

In a Thursday Instagram post, the Rust star seemingly celebrated that his criminal charges relating to the death of Halyna Hutchins in 2021 had been dropped.

Captioning a photo of himself and his wife Hilaria Baldwin, Alec wrote, “I owe everything I have to this woman. (And to you, Luke).”

The actor was represented by attorney Luke Nikas during his Rust shooting case.

After a prop gun misfired and killed cinematographer Halyna on the set of the film, Alec was charged in January this year with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. However, the charges were dropped on Thursday.

In a statement, special prosecutors Kari T. Morrissey and Jason J. Lewis explained that they have dropped the charges to conduct further investigation and forensic analysis into new facts.

“Consequently, we cannot proceed under the current time constraints and on the facts and evidence turned over by law enforcement in its existing form,” they said. “We therefore will be dismissing the involuntary manslaughter charges against Mr Baldwin to conduct further investigation.”

They added, “This decision does not absolve Mr Baldwin of criminal culpability and charges may be refiled.”

The prosecutors are still pursuing involuntary manslaughter charges against armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. She has pleaded not guilty.

Production on Rust resumed in Montana earlier this week.

– Cover Media