Filmruster blames ammunition supplier for deadly ‘Rust’ footage – Entertainment News

A new lawsuit on Wednesday accused an ammunition supplier of creating dangerous conditions on a film set in which a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a film photographer, by including sharp ammunition in a box that was to contain only dummy cartridges.

The trial was brought before the District Court of New Mexico by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armored man who monitored firearms, ammunition and related training on the set of “Rust” along with two colleagues. Film photographer Halyna Hutchins died Oct. 21 from a gunshot wound during a “Rust” trial on a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation into the cause of death, has said it is too early to determine whether charges will be filed. Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on the set.

The lawsuit from Gutierrez Reed blames ammunition supplier Seth Kenney and his company PDQ Arm & Prop for introducing live rounds to the set, where only blanks and dummies should be present.

“The introduction of live rounds on the set that no one had anticipated, combined with the hurried and chaotic atmosphere, created a perfect storm for a security incident,” the lawsuit states.

Kenney could not be reached for comment. He has previously said he was sure his company did not send any live rounds to the set of “Rust”.

The lawsuit adds new details to the chain of custody for weapons and ammunition on the “Rust” set on October 21, describing the appearance of a new box of ammunition – presumed to be harmless dummy rounds without explosives – shortly before a revolver was loaded and transferred to Baldwin.

Baldwin has said he did not know the gun he was holding in his hand contained a live round as it went off while pointing at Hutchins. Investigators are trying to find out where the live round came from, and are searching Albuquerque’s premises at PDQ Arm & Prop in December.

The new lawsuit seeks compensation at a jury trial over allegations of unfair trading practices, introduction of dangerous products and counterfeit labels and misrepresentations.

It is said that the authorities on the set found “a presumed seven live rounds distributed inside the ammunition box, on the ammunition cart and in the band oils.”

The trial also accuses Kenney of putting himself in the investigation and trying to implicate Gutierrez Reed.

Authorities found hundreds of cartridges of ammunition at the movie “Rust” – a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what appeared to be live rounds.

Authorities have issued a search warrant on Baldwin’s phone to search for text messages, photos, videos, calls or any other information related to the film.

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