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Alec Baldwin Settles Lawsuit Filed By 'Rust' Cinematographer's Family. Production Scheduled To Resume

A framed photo of Halyna Hutchins, with blond hair, a white dress, and a scarf, depicted with angel wings and a halo. The frame is surrounded by memorial candles burning.
Candles are placed in front of a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on Oct. 23, 2021.
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Topline:

Nearly a year after Alec Baldwin shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, the actor-producer has settled a civil lawsuit filed by Hutchins' survivors. Terms were not made public.

Why now: Baldwin still faces possibles criminal charges in the fatal shooting, but as part of the legal settlement, production on the unfinished Rust is set to resume early next year.

What stands out: In a strange twist, Halyna Hutchins' widower will now serve as an executive producer on the production where his wife was killed. The news was first reported by Deadline.

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The backstory: When he filed his action against Baldwin in February, Matthew Hutchins said his wife died because Baldwin violated New Mexico criminal law and "recklessly caused a deadly weapon to discharge." But in Wednesday's settlement announcement, Hutchins now says the fatal shooting was "an accident" and he has "no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame" against Baldwin.

What's next: The Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office said the settlement will not influence its decision about filing criminal charges. Their statement:

"If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought. No one is above the law."

Go deeper: Prosecutor Says 4 People, Including Alec Baldwin, Could Face Possible Criminal Charges in 'Rust' Shooting