Actor Alec Baldwin has scored a major legal win in his ‘Rust’ shooting case after a special prosecutor dropped the gun enhancement charge against him.
Baldwin, 62, was arrested in November 2019 after allegedly punching a man in the face during an argument over a parking spot in front of his New York City home. He was initially charged with attempted assault in the third degree, harassment in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office later added a gun enhancement charge, which could have resulted in a longer sentence for Baldwin if convicted.
However, after a lengthy legal battle, the special prosecutor in the case has dropped the firearm enhancement charge against Baldwin. The actor’s lawyer, Alan Abramson, said in a statement that Baldwin is “very pleased” with the decision.
“We are very pleased that the District Attorney has agreed to drop the gun enhancement charge,” Abramson said. “Alec Baldwin has always maintained his innocence and is grateful that the District Attorney has agreed to dismiss this charge.”
The other charges against Baldwin are still pending, but the actor is expected to receive a much lighter sentence if convicted.
The ‘Rust’ shooting case has been a major news story since the beginning, with outlets such as NBC News, Fox News, The New York Times, and CNN all providing full coverage of the story.