Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ filming: The film’s armor man sues prop distributor

“Rust” armor master Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has sued Seth Kenney, the man who provided the props ammunition used by the production team for the Alec Baldwin film, which was halted after a fatal shooting in October.

Gutierrez-Reed filed the lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico, citing state law on unfair commercial practices. She also sued Kenney for breach of contract, creating a dangerous condition and misleading product labels, among other things, according to the court document obtained by Fox News Digital.

Gutierrez-Reed requested a jury of six people seeking seeking damages, criminal damages, attorneys’ fees and more.

The trial detailed Gutierrez-Reed’s version of events that unfolded on October 21 and before October 21, the day Baldwin held a firearm that was fired and fatally hit film photographer Halyna Hutchins. Gutierrez-Reed’s lawsuit accuses Kenney’s prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of supplying a mix of dummy and live rounds to the set, creating a “dangerous state”.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed filed a lawsuit against prop distributor Seth Kenney.  Gutierrez-Reed's lawsuit accused Kenney's prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of giving a mix of dummy and live rounds to the set, creating a 'dangerous state of the movie set'.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed filed a lawsuit against prop distributor Seth Kenney. Gutierrez-Reed’s lawsuit accused Kenney’s prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of giving a mix of dummy and live rounds to the set, creating a ‘dangerous state of the movie set’.
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“Defendant handed out boxes of ammunition that purported to contain dummy cartridges, but which contained a mixture of dummy and live ammunition for the Rust production,” the lawsuit states. “Hannah and the entire Rust film crew relied on the defendants’ misrepresentation that they were only supplying dummy ammunition. By doing so, the defendant created a dangerous condition on the film set, without Hannah Gutierrez Reed knowing, causing a predictable risk of injury to numerous people . “

Kenney told authorities he had received “reloaded ammunition” that had a logo matching dummy and blank ammunition he supplies for movies, but later denied that the live round on the set of “Rust” could have come from his prop company .

“It’s not a possibility that they came from PDQ or from myself personally,” Kenney told ABC News earlier.

Here’s a look at Gutierrez – Reed’s timeline of events, according to the suit:

Accidental discharge leads to precipitation

Gutierrez-Reed claims in the lawsuit that Proponent Sarah Zachry’s unintentional / negligent dismissal on October 16 led to a fallout between herself and Kenney.

The armor claims she confronted Zachry about the spill and tried to report it to production. She claims she and Kenney had a “heated text exchange” and that the prop distributor took Zachry’s side. According to Gutierrez-Reed, Kenney reportedly appeared to want to downplay the “security incident”.

Gutierrez-Reed goes on to claim that Kenney days later contacted a Arizona police officer who was a friend known through Gutierrez-Reed’s father, veteran Thell Reed, and accused Gutierrez-Reed of using derogatory language against Zachry “three times.”

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New box of ammunition arrives

In the trial, Gutierrez-Reed describes a full box of ammunition that appears on the set for “Rust” on the morning of October 21st.

Gutierrez-Reed claims she found the box on top of one of her bags placed in the proplast truck, but claims she had never seen the box before that morning. The armor says she asked Zachry and prop assistant Nicole Montoya where the full box came from, but she did not receive an answer.

“It was a busy morning, and Hannah was glad they had a full box of dummy rounds to work with, and because Sarah, as a prop manager, had previously brought dummy boxes with her to the set as part of her duties,” Hannah thought. not, more of it at the time, “read the trial.

Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically killed on the set of 'Rust' in October.

Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically killed on the set of ‘Rust’ in October.
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Not a scheduled trial

According to Gutierrez-Reed, the scene Baldwin was rehearsing was not a scheduled rehearsal, and instead assistant director Dave Halls had “sat in” with the gun. In the trial, the armored man claims that a gun should not be used at all during that time.

Gutierrez-Reed was not allowed in the church at the time due to COVID-19 protocols. During the filming, video monitors had been placed outside buildings that were used so crew members could see what was going on. On the day of the shooting, the monitors did not work, according to the trial.

Gutierrez-Reed claimed that if she had been notified that a gun was being used, she could have instructed Baldwin on safe weapon practice while pulling a weapon crosswise.

“Hannah would never have let Baldwin direct the weapon at Halyna, as part of standard practice for safe weapons,” the lawsuit states.

Alec Baldwin held a firearm that was fired and hit Hutchins deadly.

Alec Baldwin held a firearm that was fired and hit Hutchins deadly.
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Attempt to shift the blame?

After the shooting and during the subsequent police investigation, Kenney tried to get Gutierrez-Reed to shift the blame onto Assistant Director Halls, the trial claims.

In text messages exchanged with Gutierrez-Reed and included in the trial, Kenney allegedly told the armor man that she was “rolled” by Halls. According to the trial, Kenney allegedly told Gutierrez-Reed that he would “get her back” if she shifted the blame to Halls.

Seth Kenney and a representative of Sarah Zachry did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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