Alec Baldwin has put his lavish $29 million mansion in the Hamptons up for sale as charges loom against the embattled Hollywood actor for the fatal shooting on the set of his movie “Rust.”
As Slay News reported, prosecutors have indicated that Baldwin may face charges over the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
New Mexico has granted an emergency request by First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies to approve funds for the prosection’s case.
The DA’s office has been investigating last year’s fatal film-set shooting of Hutchins by Baldwin.
The state Board of Finance approved more than $317,000 to cover the cost of investigation and prosecution.
As many as four people could face charges, according to a copy of the request.
Carmack-Altwies did not say anyone definitely would be charged but she did say:
“One of the possible defendants is well-known movie actor Alec Baldwin.”
In a letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Carmack-Altwies specified that her office is considering homicide charges and gun violations against four people.
Carmack-Altwies wrote, “During the filming of [Rust], Alec Baldwin shot and killed Halyna Hutchins and injured Joel Souza while rehearsing a scene. Many individuals had handled the gun that ultimately killed Hutchins and injured [director Joel] Souza.”
“Since October of , my office has been waiting for evidence to be examined by the FBI. The results of the investigation have now been returned to my office. Only a few items are outstanding but are expected any day,” added Carmack-Altwies.
One piece of evidence is Baldwin’s phone which has been turned over to prosecutors.
After reports emerged that New Mexico prosecutors might charge Baldwin, he was photographed by the Daily Mail looking distressed at a park in Brooklyn.
The actor, who was with his children at the time, moved away to take a phone call in private.
Baldwin seemed forlorn as he talked, holding his head in his hands as he leaned on a nearby fence.
Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, has been quick to quell speculation about the looming charges.
Mikas issued a statement that said:
Some media reports today draw false conclusions based on a letter from the Santa Fe District Attorney.
The DA has made clear that she has not received the sheriff’s report or made any decisions about who, if anyone, might be charged in this case.
And during my communications with the DA’s office just a few weeks ago, after the August 30 funding request was submitted, I was told that it would be premature to discuss the case because they had not yet reviewed the file or deliberated about their charging position.
It is irresponsible to report otherwise. the DA’s office must be given the space to review this matter without unfounded speculation and innuendo.
Just last month, a highly-anticipated FBI forensic report from August determined that the weapon fired by Baldwin “functioned normally when tested in the laboratory.”
Investigators concluded that the gun could not have fired without someone pulling the trigger.
This directly opposes statements made last year by Baldwin in which he insisted the prop gun malfunctioned and he did not pull the trigger.
Baldwin is also facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Hutchins’ family.
The lawsuit alleges that Baldwin and the involved film staff breached “the most basic rules of firearm use on a film production.”
Meanwhile, Baldwin has put his $29 million, 10-acre home in the Hamptons up for sale.
He has owned this property since 1996.
It appears that this may be an effort to begin shifting assets and shielding them from the major lawsuits he faces.
Robert Steele, a Manhattan trust lawyer, speculated to Daily Mail about Baldwin’s recent listing, saying, “I’d be interested to see if he’s buying anything in Florida because Florida has special homestead protections.
“OJ [Simpson] bought a house in Florida and got protections there that you can’t get in most states.
“I’d be curious to see if the creditors could claw that back.”