Why ‘Rust’ Armorer and Assistant Director Are More Likely to Face Criminal Charges Than Alec Baldwin

”It could escalate from complacency to recklessness that disregards safety and human life,“ one lawyer says as more evidence emerges

Details emerging about the deadly shooting on the set of “Rust” are revealing that the indie Western film’s armorer and assistant director could face criminal charges for their role in the on-set accident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, legal experts tell TheWrap.

Based on details around gun safety on set and the inexperience of armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, this investigation could now involve reckless or negligent behavior and provide grounds for criminal prosecution, experts told TheWrap. And, they said, Alec Baldwin faces greater legal danger as a producer on the film than he does as the actor who fired the fatal shot on the New Mexico set.

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Antoinette Siu

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