"It's been an emotional time for my family," Hilaria previously said.
Alec Baldwin praised his wife as she stood by him during one of the most challenging moments in his life. The 65-year-old faced criminal charges over the October 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Rust set which was recently dropped. The Emmy-award-winning actor was charged over the incident while filming in New Mexico. Prosecutors, Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis, released a statement late Thursday, April 20, regarding the decision to drop his charges, saying they may be refiled after “further investigation,” per Deadline.
Baldwin and Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed were both previously charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors dropped a firearms enhancement charge against both in February. Baldwin's attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro told PEOPLE, "We are pleased with the decision to dismiss the case against Alec Baldwin and we encourage a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic accident."
BREAKING: All involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin dropped over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. pic.twitter.com/uoNabzjQqh— Ben Kew 🏌️♂️ (@ben_kew) April 20, 2023
42-year-old Hutchins was shot and killed on October 21, 2021, after a prop gun held by the 30 Rock star turned out to contain live rounds discharged. Baldwin maintains that he did not pull the trigger. Hilaria, who wed Baldwin, 64, in 2012, has stood by her husband throughout the ordeal. "I owe everything I have to this woman," he captioned a photo of the two of them adding, "And to you, Luke," likely referring to his lawyer Luke Nikas, who represented him in the case. If convicted, he could have faced up to 18 months in prison.
Hilaria previously addressed the support her family has received during this difficult time on her podcast Witches Anonymous. "It's been an emotional time for my family and I do so want to express to you how grateful I am for your support and your kindness and your reason," she said at the time. "Quite honestly, without it, we would crumble. So thank you so much for being our rock right now because I don't feel so strong."
The couple continues to focus on healing and spending time with their loved ones, now knowing how important such precious time is. The Baldwins share daughters Ilaria Catalina Irena, 6 months, Maria Lucia Victoria, 2, and Carmen Gabriela, 9, and sons Eduardo "Edu" Pao Lucas, 2, Romeo Alejandro David, 4 months, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 6, and Rafael, 7. The It's Complicated star is also dad to a 27-year-old daughter Ireland Baldwin — who is expecting her first baby, a girl, with boyfriend RAC (born André Allen Anjos) — with ex Kim Basinger. "People ask why. This is why. Being a parent is the ultimate journey," the actor captioned a clip of María Lucía where the baby cooed and giggled close to the camera when they announced that they were expecting their seventh child.
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