Halina Hutchins’ family criticizes Sharif for releasing footage of Rust’s fatal shooting 2022-04-28 08:10:00


The family of cinematographer Rust has criticized authorities for posting a video of her dying on the Western set moments after Alec Baldwin was filmed.

Body cam footage from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office – Part of a set of documents released on Monday Paramedics are shown trying to rescue the 42-year-old woman after the Bonanza Creek ranch shooting.

Brian Banish, a lawyer representing Hutchins’ husband, Matthew, and their young son, said the release of the video violated their constitutional rights and called on Sheriff Adan Mendoza to retract it, The Los Angeles Times reported.

“The first time Mr. Hutchins saw a disturbing and disturbing video of his dying wife lying on the church floor was on the Radar Online website,” Banish reportedly said in a letter sent to Mendoza on Wednesday.

“The potential consequences are troubling given how information is misused on social media. We fear, for example, that this shocking footage of the death of Andros’ mother could be material for bullies to emotionally abuse him in the future,” the lawyer wrote.

Helena Hutches with her husband Matthew Hutchins
Helena Hutchins is survived by her husband Matt and the couple’s young son.

“Your office trampled on the constitutional rights of the Hutchins family,” he continued. “The damage done to your office is irreparable.”

Banish said Mendoza promised to allow Matthew less than one business day to review the materials before releasing them — and that authorities failed to review personal information.

“Deleting the video will end your office’s complicity in causing further damage,” Banish said in the letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

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Hutchins’ lawyer said releasing the video violated their constitutional rights.
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Alec Baldwin’s attorney told The Post in a statement that the release of the records proves the actor’s innocence.
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He noted that under New Mexico law, families of victims have the right to review such material before it is released to the public and to request that it be revised.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said it was complying with state laws, which require it to make public records available.

A representative of the sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the news outlet.

Video apparently taken moments before the Hutchins was filmed also shows Baldwin practicing a “tie” on the doomed flick set.

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Evidence of fatal shooting was seen on the “Rust” group.
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"Rust" Guide
More evidence at the scene of the shooting.
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Santa Fe County Sheriff

With the Hutchins behind the camera, Baldwin is shown seated in a pew and dressed in an 1880s style Western as he trains to unload a F.lli Pietta 45 Long Colt revolver that has fired and killed cinematographer and injures film director Joel Sousa.

Police previously said the actor had been practicing motion, which required him to point the gun directly into the camera, in the moments before the shooting.

Hutchins and Souza were both in the line of fire when the pistol exploded.

Matt Hutchins
Under New Mexico law, families of victims (such as Matt Hutchins above) have the right to review such material before it is released to the public.
    Bonanza Creek Farm "Rust" shooting
The film, which appears here on set at Bonanza Creek Ranch, is currently on hold.
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Baldwin’s attorney, Quinn Emmanuel’s Luke Nikas, told The Post in a statement that the release of the records proves the actor’s innocence.

“Mr. Baldwin welcomes this investigation. Information disclosed by authorities demonstrates, once again, that Mr. Baldwin acted responsibly and had no control over any production issues identified in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration report,” Nicas said.