Gunsmith “Rust” sues film ammunition supplier for fatal shootout on set: NPR
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The woman in charge of the guns on the set of the film Rust, where a deadly shootout in October killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, blames the film’s ammunition supplier for the fatal crash.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gunsmith and key props assistant on Rust, filed a lawsuit in New Mexico state court on Wednesday, claiming that the production bought live bullets which they believed to be dummy bullets.
The lawsuit names PDQ Arm and Prop and founder and managing member Seth Kenney as defendants.
“Hannah relied on the fact that the defendants would only provide dummy, or blank prop ammunition, and that no real bullets were ever to be on the set,” the lawsuit said.
Countless questions remain about the deadly on-set shooting, which also injured director Joel Souza and reignited debate over security protocols in the film industry.
Actor Alec Baldwin, who was holding the gun when the fatal shot was fired, later said in interviews that he was told he had a “cold weapon”, which meant the gun was fire was empty or contained only dummy bullets. He said he never pulled the trigger.
According to the lawsuit, Gutierrez Reed arrived on set on October 21, the day of the shooting, to find a box labeled “.45 LC dummy cartridges.” She said it was provided by Kenney and PDQ. Unbeknownst to him, at least some of those bullets were in fact live ammunition, according to the prosecution.
NPR could not reach PDQ Arm and Prop for comment
Gutierrez Reed also said that in the minutes leading up to filming, she left the church where the filming was taking place to comply with COVID-19 protocols and to deal with other props. She said she didn’t know Baldwin was inside rehearsing firing his gun.
Gutierrez Reed said if she had been in the church at the time, she would have told Baldwin not to point the gun at Hutchins, a typical safety measure for the use of firearms on film sets.
In a December interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin said he was not responsible for the shooting and was following Hutchins’ instructions on where to aim the weapon when the fatal blow hit. been fired.
“I cock the gun. I said, “Can you see this? Can you see this Can you see this “Baldwin said.” And then I let go of the hammer from the pistol, and the pistol goes off. “
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which issued a search warrant for Baldwin’s phone on Dec. 16, said Thursday the phone had still not been turned over to authorities.
A version of this story originally appeared in the Morning edition live blog.