Alec Baldwin has been pictured leaving his New York City apartment after he announced filming for Rust will continue following a deal between him and slain cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ husband.
The actor was spotted getting into a car with his kids as wife Hilaria watched on following the bombshell update on Wednesday morning.
Earlier he revealed the movie will continue to be made from January following the confidential civil settlement between him and Matthew Hutchins.
He said on his Instagram page the move was part of a ‘specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son’ after she was shot dead during filming in New Mexico last year.
Despite the announcement, the local DA’s office warned the deal will not impact its criminal investigation into the death and added: ‘No one is above the law’.
Halyna was shot on the set of the film in October 2021 in Bonanza Creek Ranch, Santa Fe. Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in February, which has now been dropped.
Baldwin has said he did not pull the trigger and claims the blame lies with the stunt handlers and prop managers who should have ensured the gun did not have live bullets. Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has not charged anyone.
Baldwin pictured stepping out of his NYC home today
Alec Baldwin (pictured this morning) will continue filming Rust in January 2023 after a civil case against him and the production company was settled. Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office is yet to charge anyone over Hutchins’ death
Hilaria Baldwin was also spotted pushing one of the children in a stroller on the streets of NYC today
Baldwin has said he did not pull the trigger and claims the blame lies with the stunt handlers and prop managers who should have ensured the gun did not have live bullets. Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has not charged anyone
New mom Hilaria welcomed her seventh child into the world just a few weeks ago
Baldwin wrote on social media: ‘Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son.
‘We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.’
Matthew Hutchins will serve as executive producer during the revival of the western as he, the producers and Baldwin agreed his wife’s death was a ‘terrible accident.’
The widower added: ‘We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC.
‘As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed. The filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board in January 2023.’
He continued: ‘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.’
Rust’s director Joel Souza paid tribute to Hutchins’ talent and creativity – and said the decision to continue to work on the film for her legacy is ‘bittersweet.’
Halyna Hutchins was shot on the set of the film in October 2021. She leaves behind her husband Matthew Hutchins and their young son
Matthew Hutchins, husband of Halyna Hutchins is pictured running errands in Los Angeles. He will serve as executive producer on the film and said that himself, the producers, and Baldwin all agreed that his wife’s death was a ‘terrible accident’
Alec Baldwin pictured in Santa Fe with Halyna’s husband Matthew Hutchins and son following the prop gun shooting incident
Souza added: ‘My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It is a privilege to see this through on her behalf.’
He said he wished he’d worked with the cinematographer under different circumstances, but continuing the project will help with his own healing process.
Rust Movie Productions, LLC, through its attorney, Melina Spadone, said: ‘We are pleased the parties came together to resolve this matter, which, subject to court approval, marks an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.’
Filming will begin just 15 months after the cinematographer was shot on set.
Following the announcement of the civil settlement, the DA’s office said: ‘The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against Rust movie producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins will have no impact on District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis’ ongoing investigation or her ultimate decision whether to file criminal charges in the case.’
‘While civil suits are settled privately and often involve financial awards, criminal cases deal only in facts.
‘If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought. No one is above the law.’
Baldwin and Hutchins on the set of Rust last year. He maintains he never pulled the trigger
Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe, after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film Rust
Matthew Hutchins and Alec Baldwin sharing a hug after his wife was killed on set
Baldwin has previously pointed blame at the production’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
He said the gun should never have been filled with live rounds and should only have been loaded with blanks.
It’s currently unclear if Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will also be involved in the revived production of Rust next year.
The original lawsuit, filed in February by Hutchins’ family, read: ‘Defendant Baldwin, the Producers, and the Rust Production Companies were aware of firearms safety issues that had occurred on the set of Rust and did not take action to correct the situation and ensure that basic gun safety rules were followed on October 21, 2021.
‘Had defendant Baldwin, the Producers, and the Rust Production Companies taken adequate precautions to ensure firearm safety on the set of Rust or if basic firearm safety rules had been followed on the set of Rust on October 21, 2021, Halyna Hutchins would be alive and well, hugging her husband and nine-year old son.’
This comes just weeks after Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria welcomed their baby daughter into the world.
Little Ilaria is the seventh child the couple share.
The actor also recently put his 10-acre estate in the Hamptons on the market for $29million.
The stunning home on Town Lane in Amagansett, nestled comfortably in the Long Island billionaire’s enclave, is now one of the most expensive listings in the area.
The property, located 100 miles from the actor’s family penthouse in Greenwich Village, is being billed as the perfect ‘marriage of nature and luxury.’
It features a 10,000-square-foot modern farmhouse, a pool, spa, covered porches, and a pavilion with a fieldstone fireplace overlooking acres of bucolic preserve in Amagansett’s estate section.
Baldwin is shown buckled over in tears after being interviewed at the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s Office on October 21
The whole gang: Alec Baldwin, 64, and wife Hilaria, 38, looked over the moon in a family photo that pictured all seven of their children — including baby Ilaria — for the first time. Alec’s daughter Ireland from his marriage to Kim Basinger wasn’t featured
Stepping out: Also on Monday, Alec was seen looking stone faced as he headed to lunch in New York City. The 30 Rock star covered up from the rain in a black coat and wore charcoal pants with black loafers
Defense: Baldwin has continued to defend himself ever since the on-set tragedy. the late Halyna Hutchins pictured