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Alec Baldwin to be Charged with Manslaughter in Set Shooting, 2023




SANTA FE, New Mexico — On Thursday, prosecutors said that actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist would be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a cinematographer on a film set in New Mexico. They will be charged with this because they had a “criminal disregard for safety.”

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies put out a statement about the charges against Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who were in charge of weapons on the set of “Rust.”

Halyna Hutchins died on October 21, 2021, after being hurt during rehearsals at a ranch outside Santa Fe. Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins when it went off, killing her and injuring the director, Joel Souza.

According to the district attorney’s office, assistant director David Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin, has agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Involuntary manslaughter can mean that a person killed someone else while doing something legal but dangerous and acting carelessly or recklessly.


Baldwin Set To Spend 18 Months In Prison

According to New Mexico law, the charge is a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Since the crime was done with a gun, the charges also include a clause that could lead to a five-year mandatory prison sentence.

According to Carmack-Altwies, charges will be filed by the end of January, and Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed will be summoned to appear in court. She said that prosecutors wouldn’t use a grand jury but instead would rely on a judge to decide if there was enough evidence to go to trial.

Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor in the case, said there was a “pattern of criminal disregard for safety” on the movie set.

“If any of these three people — Hannah Gutierrez Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. “It’s as simple as that,” said Reeb, a newly sworn Republican state legislator.


A ‘Miscarriage Of Justice’

Baldwin’s lawyer called the charges “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

“There was no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set,” the actor said. He believed the people he worked with, who told him that the gun didn’t have any live rounds. “We will fight these charges and win,” said Luke Nikas.

The lawyer for Gutierrez Reed said that the charges were based on “a very flawed investigation and a wrong understanding of the full facts.”

“We intend to bring the full truth to light and believe Hannah will be found not guilty by a jury,” Jason Bowles said.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza was responsible for the first investigation into Hutchins’ death. He said there was “a degree of neglect” on the film set. But after a year-long investigation, he gave the results to prosecutors in October and let them decide if criminal charges should be brought. The report did not say how live ammunition ended up on the set.


Baldwin Just Wants To Clear His Name

Baldwin, best known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October,” as well as his “Saturday Night Live” impression of former President Donald Trump, has called the killing a “tragic accident.”

He attempted to clear his name by suing the people who handled and supplied the loaded gun handed to him. Baldwin, who also worked on “Rust,” said he was told the gun was secure.

Baldwin said in his lawsuit that while he and Hutchins were rehearsing a scene, he pointed the gun at her, pulled back, and let the hammer go, which caused the gun to fire.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator found that the shooting was an accident after they did an autopsy and looked at the police reports.

New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau fined Rust Movie Productions the maximum after hearing a long list of safety problems. One of the problems was that production managers didn’t do much or anything when blank ammunition went off twice on the set before the fatal shooting.

Rust Movie Productions is still arguing about why regulators gave them a $137,000 fine because production managers on the set didn’t follow standard safety rules for guns.


Gun Safety Concerns Were Addressed On-set

Most of the investigation has focused on Gutierrez Reed, the armorer in charge of guns on the set and an outside ammunition supplier. Gutierrez Reed’s attorney claims she did not put a live round in the gun that killed Hutchins and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities stated that they had found no evidence of this.

Investigators discovered 500 rounds of ammunition — a mix of blanks, dummy rounds, and what appeared to be live rounds — at the movie set on the outskirts of Santa Fe. According to industry experts, live rounds should never be used on set.

In April 2022, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department released many files, including a clip from Hutchins’s lapel camera showing him coming in and out of consciousness as a medical helicopter landed. The evidence also included interviews with witnesses, email threads, text conversations, lists of weapons, and hundreds of photos.

State workplace safety regulators stated that when “Rust” ceased filming, immediate gun-safety concerns were addressed and that new safety inspections would accompany a return to filming in New Mexico.

Hutchins’ family — widower Matthew Hutchins and son Andros — settled a lawsuit against producers in a deal that aims to restart filming with Matthew Hutchins as executive producer.

The death of Hutchins has changed how film crew unions and Hollywood producers talk about safety provisions in contracts. It has also caused other filmmakers to use computer-generated images of gunfire instead of real guns with blank ammunition to reduce risks.




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Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Settles Civil Sex Abuse Case, Averting Trial




NEW YORK — Cuba Gooding Jr. has resolved allegations that he raped a woman at a New York City hotel ten years ago, according to court papers, it was disclosed Tuesday, just before a trial was about to start. The actor and the woman met at a nearby restaurant, and the actor had argued through lawyers that their interaction was consensual.

The Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor was accused of meeting the lady in Manhattan, getting her to go with him to a hotel, and stopping at his room so he could change clothes. The trial was set to begin with jury selection in New York federal court.

A calendar item in the official court record read: “Trial OFF,” minutes before jurors appear in a courtroom. The clause stated: “Reason for cancellation (on consent): The parties have resolved the matter.”

Before this week, when Judge Paul A. Crotty decided that the lady would have to give her name at trial, the woman had been proceeding anonymously. According to her claim, Gooding sexually assaulted her in his bedroom. However, his solicitors argued that it was consenting intercourse and that she boasted to others later.

In the complaint, $6 million in losses were demanded. One of several lawyers representing the woman, Gloria Allred, chose not to comment. Requests for a response from other solicitors, including those defending Gooding, were not promptly fulfilled.

According to the authorities, the claim was brought against a guy who has been accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior, such as groping, unwanted kissing, and other acts, with more than 30 additional women.


Cuba Gooding Jr. has resolved allegations that he raped a woman at a New York City hotel ten years ago.

By deciding to allow three women to testify that they, too, experienced sudden sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults after meeting Gooding in social settings like festivals, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants late last week, the judge appeared to strengthen the woman’s position at trial and in settlement talks.

Kelsey Harbert, who alleged that Gooding fondled her without her permission at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge close to Times Square in 2019, was one of the women who had intended to testify at the trial.

Last year, Gooding avoided jail time and a criminal record by entering a guilty plea in a New York state court, and Harbert stated that Gooding never having her day in court was “more disappointing than words can say.”

Gooding, who has starred in films like ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Radio’, was allowed to enter a guilty plea for a misdemeanor in April 2022 after admitting that he kissed a club employee violently in 2018.

Gooding was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and plead guilty to a non-criminal harassment offense, erasing his criminal record and avoiding further punishments. He also completed six months of alcohol and behavioral counseling.


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Astrud Gilberto, Singer Of ‘The Girl from Ipanema,’ Dead At 83




Brazilian singer, composer, and performer Astrud Gilberto has passed away at the age of 83. Her off-handed English-language cameo on “The Girl from Ipanema” made her a recognized bossa nova icon worldwide.

Family friend and musician Paul Ricci confirmed her passing on Monday. He didn’t give any more information.

Gilberto was raised in Rio de Janeiro and was born in Salvador, Bahia. In 1964, she became an overnight, unanticipated star because the producers of “Getz/Gilberto,” the legendary bossa nova album featuring saxophonist Stan Getz and her then-husband, singer-songwriter-guitarist Joo Gilberto, hired her because she knew just enough English to be hired.

Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes’ melancholy ballad, “The Girl from Ipanema,” was already well-known in South America. However, “s” producer Creed Taylor and others believed that adding vocals in both Portuguese and English would broaden the record’s appeal. Astrud Gilberto recalled her spouse telling her he had a surprise for her at the recording studio in a 2002 chat with friends published on her website,

I pleaded with him to tell me what it was, but he refused and kept saying, “Wait and see. Later, when Joao and Stan were rehearsing “The Girl from Ipanema,” Joao invited me to join in and sing a chorus in English after he had just finished singing the first chorus in Portuguese. So I did exactly that,” she said.

“After the song was finished, Joao turned to Stan and said something along the lines of, ‘Tomorrow Astrud sing on record.'” How do you feel? Stan was open to the concept and even expressed considerable enthusiasm for it. The rest, of course, is history, as they say.


Brazilian singer, composer, and performer Astrud Gilberto has passed away at the age of 83

Astrud Gilberto performs “The Girl from Ipanema” in a carefree, affectless manner that, among others, impacted Sade and Suzanne Vega. She has moved on to other topics. However, only some other words from the time would be as well remembered as hers, which Norman Gimbel had translated from Portuguese.

tall, youthful, and beautiful

The Ipanema girl strolls around.

And after she leaves

She says “Ah” to each person she passes.

More than 2 million copies of “Getz/Gilberto” were sold, and “The Girl from Ipanema,” released as a single and featured solely Astrud Gilberto as the vocalist quickly rose to fame. It is sometimes considered second only to “Yesterday” regarding the number of covers in the modern era.

Gilberto was nominated for best new artist and vocal performance, and “The Girl from Ipanema” won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. De Moraes had penned the lyrics about a Brazilian adolescent named Helosa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, but the poised, dark-haired singer was so intimately connected with “The Girl from Ipanema” that several people assumed she was the inspiration.

Gilberto recorded eight albums (containing songs in English and Portuguese) throughout the following few years, including “The Astrud Gilberto Album,” “Beach Samba,” and “The Shadow of Your Smile.” He also went on tour with Getz and other musicians.

She only released seven albums after 1969, and by 2002 she had largely given up on the music industry and ceased doing interviews. Instead, she devoted her later years to animal rights activism and a career in the visual arts. She would claim that she was not paid for “The Girl from Ipanema” and that Taylor and Getz (who would describe her as “just a housewife”) improperly claimed credit for “discovering” her. In addition, she felt alienated from her home country since she said the press treated her with contempt and played there infrequently once she rose to fame.

In 2002, she remarked, “Isn’t there an old saying that goes, ‘No one is a prophet in his land’?” “I don’t have any issues with Brazilians, and I have a great time there. Of course, I don’t go there as a performer but as an anonymous tourist.

Astrud Weinert, the youngest of three sisters, came from a musical and linguistically literate household. Her mother was a singer and violinist, while her father was a linguistics professor. By the time she was in her teens, she had already met rising bossa nova artist Joo Gilberto and was part of a group of musical pals.

When she first met him, “The clan grew larger, to include ‘older’ folks” like Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Bené Nunes, Luis Bonfá, and Joo Donato, as well as their respective “‘ other halves,'” she recalled. “(Joo Gilberto) and I used to sing duets together, or he’d play guitar and play along with me. When friends visited us, they always wanted me to sing at these events and in our house.


Brazilian singer, composer, and performer Astrud Gilberto has passed away at the age of 83

She had two sons, Joo Marcelo Gilberto and Gregory Lasorsa, who would both work with her. She was twice married. She continued to be a famous live performer even after her commercial zenith, her voice growing warmer and jazzier as she sang covers and songs.

As a recording artist, she also had several memorable performances, including backing trumpeter Chet Baker on “Fly Me to the Moon” and duet with George Michael on the bossa nova classic “Desafinado.” She was awarded a Latin Grammy for lifetime achievement in 2008.

“Occasionally, a dissatisfied journalist has called me ‘a recluse.’ According to the dictionary, a recluse is “a person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and frequently in solitude.” Why should someone think an artist is a loner just because they prefer not to participate in interviews? she said in 2002.

“I firmly believe that any artist who achieves fame through their work, whether it be music, film, or any other medium, has no moral obligation to satiate the curiosity of journalists, fans, or any other members of the public about their personal lives or anything else that does not directly relate to their work. My work speaks for itself, regardless of how well or poorly it is received.


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Jonah Hill And Olivia Millar Step Out After Welcoming First Baby




Jonah Hill and his partner Olivia Millar are beginning their journey towards motherhood.

The couple’s first public appearance after it was announced that they had given birth to their first child was on June 3, when they were seen together getting a bite to eat at Lucky’s in Malibu. A day earlier, the baby’s birth was confirmed to People by the Wolf of Wall Street actor’s agent.

Jonah, 39, wore a blue outfit with a white cap for their outing, and Olivia looked cozy-chic in a pink and grey jumper and striped slippers.

The couple has not mentioned their brand-new bundle of joy on social media.

Following a PDA sighting on a Malibu beach in August 2022, rumors of Jonah’s courtship with Olivia, co-founder of the online vintage clothes shop Chasseresse, began circulating. The couple traveled together the following September, visiting her sister Raychel Roberts along the picturesque Santa Barbara coast.


Jonah Hill and his partner Olivia Millar are beginning their journey towards motherhood.

When Jonah and Olivia were photographed in Hawaii shopping for children’s apparel in January, it sparked rumors that they were planning to start a family.

The star of 21 Jump Street, renowned for being reclusive, has not commented on the couple’s connection.

In recent years, Jonah has stayed out of the spotlight, but he did make a rare appearance in April at a Los Angeles Lakers game, sitting courtside with Lisa Rinna while donning the disguise of his alter identity, spiritual teacher Prophet Ezekiel Profit. He wore clothing from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s lifestyle and wellness company, Meaningful Experience.

Jonah, however, was absent from the photographs released after his sister Beanie Feldstein’s May 20 nuptials to producer Bonnie Chance-Roberts.

SOURCE – (Enews)

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