Alec Baldwin pleaded not guilty to incident on set of ‘Rust’

Charged with manslaughter, actor Alec Baldwin, 65, pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Jan. 31, after being charged again following the deadly shooting in 2021 during the shooting of “Rust” in New Mexico, ABC News reports.

Alec Baldwin was due to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, but his defense waived his right to appear and sent a document stating that the actor pleads not guilty.

The actor, who faces up to 18 months in prison, denies pulling the trigger and has always maintained he was assured his gun was harmless.

It’s the second time Alec Baldwin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after the deadly 2021 incident on the set of “Rust.”

This was after the actor’s pursuit had been formally dropped in April 2023, but the prosecution warned at the time that Baldwin had not been exonerated and remained likely to be charged again.

In October 2021, Baldwin was training to shoot the gun on set at a ranch near Santa Fe when it went off, fatally hitting Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography, and wounding director Joel Souza.

Alec Baldwin, also served as producer on the film. But he is only being prosecuted as an actor.