US actor Alec Baldwin to be charged in fatal movie set shooting

US prosecutors say actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter over a shooting on a film set that killed a cinematographer.

The incident occurred in the US state of New Mexico in October 2021 when Baldwin accidentally fired a prop gun during a rehearsal for the movie "Rust."

Local prosecutors said on Thursday that they will file involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin as they have determined there is sufficient evidence.

Baldwin's attorney called the prosecutors' decision to charge him a "terrible miscarriage of justice."

The attorney said Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun, or anywhere on the movie set.

He said the actor relied on the professionals he worked with, and they had assured him the gun did not have live rounds.

Baldwin's roles include the 1990 movie, "The Hunt for Red October." He is also known for his impersonation of former US president Donald Trump on a TV comedy show.