The armored man, who was monitoring weapons used in the filming of the western “Rust”, sued the supplier of props on Wednesday, claiming that his company distributed live ammunition on the set, where police say actor Alec Baldwin fired a round, who killed film photographer Halyna Hutchins.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, is seeking unspecified compensation from prop supplier Seth Kenney and his firm, PDQ Arm and Prop LLC, according to the lawsuit filed in New Mexico State Court.
Kenney could not be reached for comment. In a December interview with ABC News, Kenney denied that live rounds on the set came from his company.
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Reed’s suit says she remembers loading the gun with cartridges marked as dummy ammunition, shaking the box to create the characteristic clinking sound that the inactive cartridges had to make.
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“As far as Hannah knows, the gun was now loaded with 6 dummy cartridges,” the suit said.
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The suit also says she had given up control of the gun for 15 minutes before the shooting because COVID protocols kept her out of the church where the shooting took place. The recording was not captured on film as Baldwin was rehearsing on a stage to be filmed later.
“The ammunition was misrepresented as only dummy ammunition when it contained both dummy and sharp ammunition,” the case said. “Defendant handed out boxes of ammunition that pretended to contain dummy cartridges, but which contained a mixture of dummy and live ammunition for the Rust production.”
Baldwin told ABC News he did not pull the trigger and said the Colt revolver went off as he tightened the gun and practiced camera angles with Hutchins.
(Report by Daniel Trotta. Edited by Gerry Doyle)
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