Alec Baldwin arraignment date set for February 1: Actor will appear virtually on involuntary manslaughter charges for Rust shooting

Alec Baldwin will be charged in court Thursday with involuntary manslaughter after he accidentally shot and killed a camerawoman on a film set.

The A-list actor is expected to be arraigned in New Mexico’s First Judicial District Court, although he will appear virtually.

Named as Alexander Rae Baldwin in the suit, the movie star was indicted after a grand jury voted to indict him on Jan. 19.

Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his ill-fated Western film Rust when a prop gun was loaded with live bullets.

Alec Baldwin (pictured in November) was indicted by a New Mexico grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter

Alec Baldwin (pictured in November) was indicted by a grand jury in New Mexico on charges of involuntary manslaughter

The grand jury indicted him on charges of negligent use of a firearm and disregard for the safety of others in the shooting on October 21, 2021.

He faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted, but previous charges, filed by New Mexico prosecutors, were dismissed last April.

Baldwin always maintained that he followed gun safety laws, and that the fault lay with the gunman or crew who handed him a gun with a live round.

He insists he confirmed the gun was ‘cold’, meaning it did not contain live ammunition, when he took it to rehearse the scene.

Gloria Allred, the attorney for Halyna’s parents and sister, said in response to the new charges: ‘Our clients have always sought the truth about what happened on the day Halyna Hutchins was tragically shot and killed.

“They continue to seek the truth in our civil lawsuit for them and they also want accountability in the criminal justice system.

“The grand jury has decided that there is sufficient evidence to indict Alec Baldwin on the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

“We look forward to the criminal trial that will determine whether he should be found guilty for the untimely death of Halyna.”

The cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (42) died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital

The cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (42) died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital

Baldwin’s lawyers Alex Spiro and Luke Nikas countered: ‘We look forward to our day in court.’

Baldwin was practicing drawing the prop weapon from its holster when he claims it spontaneously fired.

He has always been adamant that he did not pull the trigger.

But a new report by Lucien Haag of Forensic Science Services in Arizona states that the trigger “must have been pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer from the evidence revolver.”

Baldwin launched a media tour in the weeks after Hutchins’ death, insisting it was a tragic accident and not a murder he was responsible for.

More to come.