Could Alec Baldwin face charges after 'Rust' movie set shooting? Experts weigh in

One name has been attached to the story more than any other: Alec Baldwin.

The 63-year-old Oscar nominee was rehearsing a scene for the Western film when he accidentally discharged a prop gun, resulting in the death of crew member Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza was wounded but has since been released from a hospital.

Authorities have since launched an investigation into the incident, with which Baldwin has said he is cooperating “fully.”

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Details of the investigation are sparse and as rumors swirl, many are wondering whether Baldwin could end up being charged with a crime over the incident.

‘Level of culpability’

Fox News spoke about the incident with Chicago-based attorney Andrew Stoltmann, who said the shooting could “absolutely” lead to criminal charges against the “Beetlejuice” star.

Actor Alec Baldwin accidental discharged a gun on the set of the upcoming movie ‘Rust’ that resulted in the death of a crew member.

Actor Alec Baldwin accidental discharged a gun on the set of the upcoming movie ‘Rust’ that resulted in the death of a crew member. (Getty Images)

“He needs to start thinking like a potential defendant instead of just somebody who made a tragic mistake,” the attorney warned. “There are crimes that cover this sort of situation depending on his level of culpability.”

“He needs to start thinking like a potential defendant instead of just somebody who made a tragic mistake.” 

— Andrew Stoltmann, Chicago attorney

Andrew Stoltmann, Chicago attorney. (Stoltmann Law photo)

Andrew Stoltmann, Chicago attorney. (Stoltmann Law photo)

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