The first punishment for someone in charge of the “Rust” set is here: assistant director Dave Halls has been sentenced to six months probation.
After the tragic accident on the set of the western “Rust”, assistant director Dave Halls (63) has now been sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence. It was Halls who handed the gun to Alec Baldwin, 64, before the shot that killed camerawoman Halyna Hutchins (1979-2021) went off. The Santa Fe, New Mexico court ruled that Halls displayed “careless handling of a deadly weapon.” In addition to the suspended sentence, he was sentenced to a $500 fine, an additional 24 hours of community service and to stand by as a witness at other trials in the case.
Halls pleaded guilty before the verdict. The security coordinator is the first suspect to face final conviction for the tragic moments on the set of the Alec Baldwin film. Baldwin shot and killed Hutchins during a film rehearsal in October 2021. Halls had handed him the revolver, which should have been checked and fitted with blank cartridges by armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (25). But Halls should also have checked the bullets before handing Baldwin the edged weapon, the court said.
Dave Halls was ‘last line of defense’
Prosecutors pleaded that the assistant director was the “last line of defense” and was therefore responsible. However, Halls did not check every bullet in the revolver’s cylinder, which is why he was partly responsible for Hutchin’s death. Regarding the allegations, Hall’s attorney said: “He [Halls, Anm.d.Red.] is, like many others, extremely traumatized and plagued by guilt and many other emotions.” His client would constantly ask himself the questions: “What could I have done better? How could I have changed things?”
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