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Alec Baldwin's Lawyers Say All Criminal Charges in 'Rust' Shooting Are Dismissed
Alec Baldwin's criminal charges stemming from the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his western film, , have been dismissed, according to his attorneys.In a statement to ET, the embattled actor's lawyers — Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro — said they are «pleased with the decision to dismiss the case against Alec Baldwin.» The lawyers added, «We encourage a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic accident.»ET has reached out to the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney's Office for comment.The startling development comes less than a month after the D.A.'s office appointed Kari Morrisey and Jason Lewis as special prosecutors, replacing Mary Carmack-Altwies. The development also comes on the same day the Western film was scheduled to resume principal photography at Yellowstone Film Ranch, and a year and a half after the fatal shooting of Hutchins, which triggered mounting legal trouble for Baldwin, who in January was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter after the gun he was holding on set discharged, killing Hutchins and wounding the film's director, Joel Souza. Baldwin pleaded not guilty to the charges and has repeatedly insisted he did not pull the trigger on the prop gun. The film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, also was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. In a statement to ET, her lawyers, Jason Bowles and Todd Bullion, said, «The new special prosecutor team has taken a very diligent and thorough approach to the entire investigation, which we welcome and have always welcomed.