Celebrities charged with manslaughter


Actor and producer Alec Baldwin is not the only public figure to be charged in connection with a death stemming from a tragic event.

Baldwin and a film gunsmith are each charged by prosecutors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust.

Hutchins was hit and killed by live ammunition fired from a prop cannon held by Baldwin while they were rehearsing a scene for the project.

Baldwin, who claimed he was unaware that the gun he fired contained a live cartridge, called the New Mexico prosecutor’s decision “a terrible miscarriage of justice,” according to his attorney Luke Nikas, who vowed to take action against the charges .

Jason Bowles, an attorney for the film’s gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, said a jury would find his client not guilty because she “did not commit a crime.”

There are other celebrities who have found themselves in similar legal situations:

The Mötley Crüe singer was charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence following the death of his passenger and friend Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, drummer for Finnish band Hanoi Rocks, during a drunk car crash in 1984.

Neil pleaded guilty to the charges, was ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages and served less than a month in prison.

Broderick and his then-girlfriend and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star Jennifer Gray were traveling in Northern Ireland in 1987 when the vehicle he was driving collided with another car.

The people in that car, Anne Gallagher, 28, and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, died from their injuries.

According to the New York Post, Broderick, who was knocked unconscious and seriously injured in the accident, faced five years in prison for dangerous driving. He was convicted of negligent driving and fined $175.

“The car accident in Ireland was, I would say, one of the three biggest traumas of my life, maybe one of the biggest,” Gray said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight last spring.

“It’s very hard to describe when you have a near-death experience and you’re present for other people’s deaths,” she said. “Being alone on a country road in the middle of nowhere with no one else around or conscious was pretty scary … It led to so many other things in my life.”

“It was an accident,” Gray added. “And [Broderick] was a great driver and nobody drank. It was just an accident. And it was tragic.”

The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ actress struck and killed nine-year-old Jorge Cruz Jr. in Los Angeles in 2001 after dodging a stopped car.

During a 2019 appearance on Laura Cathcart Robbins’ podcast The Only One in the Room, Gayheart said, “I just didn’t want to live after that accident.”

“I couldn’t handle it at all, so I spent about a year killing myself,” she said. “Basically by doing everything self-destructive that a person can do because I just didn’t understand any of it.”

Gayheart pleaded guilty to one charge of involuntary manslaughter and was arrested, according to E!

The actress was convicted of drunk driving in a traffic accident in 2010 after hitting attorney Fred Seeman and his wife Helene Seeman as they pulled into the driveway of their home in Montgomery, New Jersey.

Helene Seemann succumbed to her injuries.

Locane, known for her roles in the TV series Melrose Place and the film Cry Baby, had her eight-year sentence upheld by a New Jersey appeals court in May 2022.

According to a report from MyCentralJersey.com, Locane is eligible for parole on December 20, 2024.