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Producer Errol Webber Says Alec Baldwin Should Be Charged With Manslaughter

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Producer Errol Webber Says Alec Baldwin Should Be Charged With Manslaughter

A documentary film producer has said he 'hopes' Alec Baldwin is charged with manslaughter after accidentally shooting and killing a cinematographer on the set of his new movie Rust.

The 68-year-old Hollywood actor was holding the firearm - which was a prop gun - when he accidentally discharged it, shooting Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography, as well as the film's director Joel Souza, 48.

Hutchins was sadly pronounced dead after being airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital while Souza was released from hospital earlier today.

Alec Baldwin. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo
Alec Baldwin. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo
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Now, Errol Webber has given his opinion on Twitter, writing: "Hopefully Alec Baldwin gets manslaughter at the very least.

"But knowing the Democrats and their penchant for protecting criminals, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets off with 10 hours of community service... If that."

His tweet was accompanied by a comment Baldwin made back in September 2017 (four years ago) which said: "I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone..."

People have swiftly responded to him, with one slamming him for bringing politics into the equation following on from the tragedy as others pointed out that the tweet from Baldwin has been taken out of context.

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One person asked: "Why should he? It was a prop whoever handles the prop department should be held responsible."

Another added: "If he does get charged with manslaughter he'll be found innocent and rightly so if there are no suspicious circumstances. A tweet taken out of context doesn't mean anything."

And a third said: "You obviously don't know how film sets work. It's the AD (assistant director's) job to clear the weapon before use NOT the actor. Alec is also a victim of this mishap."

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To the last message, Errol replied: "You are to treat all firearms, real, fake, toy, or prop, as you would a real gun with live ammo.

"While SOME responsibility should be borne by the armorer, ultimately, the responsibility lies with the person holding the gun, POINTING IT AT SOMEONE, and discharging the gun."

A Santa Fe Sheriff's Department official explained there is an investigation open and active, but added: "Mr Baldwin was questioned by investigators and released. No arrests or charges have been filed."

Featured Image Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Celebrity, News

Rebecca Shepherd
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