Alec Baldwin, the actor involved in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust” in October 2021, reportedly considered taking a plea deal in the case. According to sources cited by NBC News, Baldwin and special prosecutors in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, had discussions about a potential plea deal. The specific charges Baldwin considered as part of the deal are unknown. However, the talks ended when special prosecutors announced the discovery of additional facts that they believe show Baldwin’s “criminal culpability” in Hutchins’ death.
Prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis also stated their intention to convene a special grand jury to determine whether to recharge Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter. This development comes as Baldwin has made recent attempts to revive his career, including a cameo appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and the possibility of starring in a reality TV show with his wife, Hilaria Baldwin.
The decision to pursue reality TV has drawn criticism, with public relations and reputation crisis expert Eric Schiffer describing it as a “bizarre” choice for someone who may still face criminal charges. Schiffer suggests that Baldwin’s career opportunities have become limited, and reality TV may offer a quick and lucrative source of income. Additionally, appearing on camera with his children could present Baldwin as an “endearing” family man and potentially influence a future jury pool.
Baldwin’s legal and professional troubles began when he accidentally discharged a prop gun that held a live round during a rehearsal, resulting in Hutchins’ death and the injury of director Joel Souza. Baldwin has denied pulling the trigger and claimed he was told the gun was safe to use. Earlier this year, Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the charges were dropped in April due to doubts about the gun’s functionality.
New evidence presented by prosecutors suggests Baldwin’s connection to recklessness regarding safety standards on the set. The grand jury, initially scheduled to convene on Thursday, has been rescheduled to a later date. NBC News aired previously unseen videos from the “Rust” set, showing Baldwin firing prop guns and acting in character.
Baldwin’s career remains uncertain, with multiple wrongful death lawsuits and the completion of the film “Rust” in post-production. The actor and his wife have expressed interest in a reality TV show, aiming for an authentic portrayal of their family life with their seven children.