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'Rust' Settlement

The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer killed on the set of the film "Rust," reached a settlement with the movie's production company and cast, including actor Alec Baldwin. Details of the agreement were not disclosed and are subject to court approval. Hutchins was shot Oct. 21, 2021, when a prop gun Baldwin was using to rehearse discharged, killing her and injuring director Joel Souza. In February, Hutchins' family alleged reckless conduct against the film company, claiming cost-cutting posed risks to the workers. Though Baldwin denies pulling the trigger, August FBI tests determined the gun could not have fired without a trigger-pull. A New Mexico agency in April fined the company more than $130K for numerous safety violations. Despite the civil settlement, Baldwin may face criminal prosecution, as authorities last month announced they'd procured funds to do so. Production is set to resume in January with Hutchins' widower, Matthew, as executive producer alongside the original cast and crew.

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