The production company behind the movie “Rust” has reached a settlement with the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer killed on set last October, both parties announced Wednesday.
Hutchins died after getting shot by a firearm being handled by actor and producer Alec Baldwin at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, where the production was taking place.
The cinematographer’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in February.
“As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed,” her husband, Matthew Hutchins, said in a statement Wednesday.
“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.”
Baldwin claims he was told the gun was “cold,” indicating it wasn’t loaded with live ammunition.
“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said Wednesday in the settlement announcement.
“We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”
Baldwin has said the gun went off accidentally and that he did not pull the trigger. But a recent FBI forensic report found the weapon could not not have fired unless the trigger was pulled.
New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator determined the shooting was an accident following the completion of an autopsy and a review of law enforcement reports.
Rust Movie Productions continues to challenge the basis of a $137,000 fine against the company by New Mexico occupational safety regulators who say production managers on the set failed to follow standard industry protocols for firearms safety.
The state Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission has scheduled an eight-day hearing on the disputed sanctions, starting April 12. It was not immediately clear whether filming of “Rust” can resume before workplace sanctions are resolved.