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. He also claims he never pulled the gun’s trigger.
“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.”