Shooting Rust: Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Sues Claiming Alec Baldwin and Others

The gunsmith on the set of Rust filed an explosive lawsuit, pointing her finger at those she said were responsible, including Alec Baldwin.

The gunsmith in the ill-fated film Rust is suing a props supplier, claiming that he sold live ammunition and dummies together, leading to the death of cameraman Galina Hutchins on set.

That New York Post reports that gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said in a fiery 24-page lawsuit filed Wednesday that Seth Kenny, who owns PDQ Media Arm & Prop, made “false statements” and called for “live rounds to be featured on set in New -Mexico”. “

The lawsuit alleges that another propsman brought in a new box of .45 Long Colt ammunition from Mr. Kenny’s store on the day of the shooting, October 21.

The lawsuit also alleges that 63-year-old Baldwin ignored a request to attend a crossbow session about a week before the tragedy.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed said she thought the cartridges from that box were blanks, but since then no one has recognized where the box came from.

Alec Baldwin was told the pistol was “cold,” indicating that the weapon only contained dummy bullets, but a live bullet inside the weapon hit and killed Hutchins as she prepared a close-up of the actor, the suit claims. Director Joel Sousa was also hit by a bullet after she exited Hutchins’ body.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed said that on the day of the shooting, she and two other props assistants retrieved weapons from the safe. The gunsmith said she remembered cleaning the pistol Baldwin was using and putting in what she thought was another round from a dummy ammo box.

“As far as Hannah knows, the pistol was loaded with six false rounds,” the lawsuit says. “Indeed, the Defendants, as suppliers of props for the Rust set, sold, distributed and advertised the props as bogus ammunition rather than live ammunition. Hannah relied and believed that the defendants would only supply dummy cartridges or blanks, and there should never be live ammunition on set. ”

Ms Gutierrez-Reed said she spun a top hat for assistant director Dave Halls and showed him what she thought was loaded with blanks. The gunsmith said that Mr. Halls had told her that the gun would not be used for stage or rehearsal, so she left the gun inside the church set while she went about her other business outside.

Mr. Halls had to warn the gunsmith if Baldwin or anyone else used the gun because she had to re-examine the firearm in accordance with the recruitment rules, the lawsuit alleges. Approximately 15 minutes later, Ms. Gutierrez-Reed claims that Mr. Halls handed the firearm to Baldwin and shouted a “cold pistol”, which meant that the firearm was empty or contained blank cartridges.

The lawsuit says the gunsmith was not at the church when Baldwin practiced cross-movement from his shoulder holster and camera angles with Hutchins for the upcoming scene.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed claimed that no one had warned her that the actor was training with a pistol, which Baldwin said “had just fired.”

“If Hannah had been called back, she would have checked the weapon and each cartridge once more, and instructed Baldwin on safe cross-pull handling as was her standard practice,” the lawsuit said, adding that the pistol was out of order. her possession is more than 15 minutes.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed claimed that no one had warned her that the actor was training with a pistol, which Baldwin said “had just fired.”

“If Hannah had been called back, she would have checked the weapon and each cartridge once more, and instructed Baldwin on safe cross-pull handling as was her standard practice,” the lawsuit said, adding that the pistol was out of order. her possession is more than 15 minutes.

The lawsuit also alleges that props manager Sara Zakri accidentally shot herself in the leg with a blank cartridge on set.

About 20 minutes after the accident, Baldwin’s stunt double also accidentally fired a weapon on set, prompting Ms. Gutierrez-Reed to speak out against her colleague over negligent mistakes, the lawsuit said.

When she announced her intention to report the incident to management, it led to an altercation with Mr. Kenny, the bullet supplier.

“Accidental emissions are accidents,” said Mr. Kenny in a text message referenced in the legal document. “We learn and move on, and don’t forget, she’s your boss. Don’t push. “

The lawsuit also alleges that Mr. Kenny sent Ms. Gutierrez-Reed a text message after Hutchins’ death and tried to convince her to help “blame AD.” [assistant director] Halls “.

The text read: “If you were to partner with a truly professional advertising agency, none of this would have happened.

“This true professional would support your safety efforts. Instead, you got David ‘reckless’ Hall. “

Seth suggested that AD Halls was essentially bullying Hannah and preventing her from doing her job safely. Seth said that if she shifts the blame to Hall, he will “bring her back,” the lawsuit says.

This article originally appeared in New York Post and published here with permission

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