AceShowbiz - Alec Baldwin has pleaded not guilty in the "Rust" shooting case. The "30 Rock" alum, who accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie, entered the plea deal on Thursday, February 23.
The 64-year-old remains free without having to post bail. He was initially expected to make his first court appearance on Friday, February 24 via Google Meet, but he entered the plea deal instead.
While Alec remains out of jail, he is not allowed to drink alcohol, own a gun or talk to potential witnesses besides discussing the continuation of filming "Rust".
Alec and armorer Hanna Gutierrez-Reed were officially charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter on January 31. The actor, however, has insisted that he did not pull the trigger when Halyna was shot back in 2021.
Halyna's death was initially ruled an accident but her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Alec and others involved in the production of "Rust". The lawsuit was settled last October, and it was agreed filming would resume on the western, with the cinematographer's widower, Matthew Hutchins, on board as an executive producer.
Earlier this month, Halyna's parents and sister filed a lawsuit against Alec. According to TMZ, the documents claim several safety protocols on the film set were ignored. Additionally, it's been suggested that the "Saturday Night Live" alum's gun didn't need to be cocked or fired at all for the scene that he was filming.
The family is suing for loss of consortium, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They are seeking unspecified damages.