Shooting of Alec Baldwin “Rust”: the armorer of the film files a civil action against the distributor of accessories

“Rust” gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has sued Seth Kenney, the man who supplied the prop ammunition used by the production crew of Alec Baldwin’s film, which was cut short following a fatal shooting in October.

Gutierrez-Reed filed a lawsuit in New Mexico on Wednesday, citing state unfair trading practices law. She also sued Kenney for breach of contract, creating an unsafe condition and misleading product labels, among others, according to court records obtained by Fox News Digital.

Gutierrez-Reed has asked for a six-person jury and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees and more.

The trial detailed Gutierrez-Reed’s version of events on October 21 and before, the day Baldwin held a gun that discharged, fatally striking cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Gutierrez-Reed’s lawsuit accuses Kenney’s prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of providing a mixture of dummy bullets and live bullets to the set, creating an “unsafe condition.”

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has filed a lawsuit against accessories distributor Seth Kenney. Gutierrez-Reed’s lawsuit accused Kenney’s prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of delivering a mixture of dummy bullets and live bullets to the set creating an “unsafe condition on the set.”
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“The defendants distributed boxes of ammunition believed to contain dummy bullets, but which contained a mixture of dummy and real bullets produced by Rust,” says the lawsuit. Hannah and the entire Rust film crew relied on the defendants’ false claim that they had only provided dummy ammunition. In doing so, the defendants created a dangerous situation on the film set, in the ‘knowledge of Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who has caused a foreseeable risk of injury to many people. “

Kenney told authorities he received “reloaded ammo” that had a logo matching the dummy and the blank ammo he supplied to the films, but later denied that the bullet was live on the set of “Rust.” could have come from his accessories company.

“There’s no way they’re from the PDQ or from me personally,” Kenney told ABC News.

Here’s a look at Gutierrez-Reed’s timeline of events, depending on the costume:

Accidental discharge causes fallout

Gutierrez-Reed claims in the lawsuit that the accidental / negligent discharge of accessory master Sarah Zachry on October 16 resulted in a fallout between her and Kenney.

The gunsmith claims she confronted Zachry about the dump and attempted to report it to production. She alleges that she and Kenney had a “passionate text exchange” and that the props distributor sided with Zachry. According to Gutierrez-Reed, Kenney appeared to want to downplay the “security incident”.

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


A new ammo box is coming

In the lawsuit, Gutierrez-Reed describes a box full of ammunition appearing on the set of “Rust” on the morning of October 21.

Gutierrez-Reed claims she found the box on one of her bags in the propeller truck, but claims she had never seen the box before that morning. The gunsmith says she asked Zachry and props assistant Nicole Montoya where the full box came from, but received no response.

“It was a busy morning and Hannah was happy they had a box full of dummy cartridges to work with and because Sarah, as the props manager, had brought dummy boxes to the set as part of her duties. , Hannah did not think more at the time “, indicates the lawsuit.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically killed on the set of

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically killed on the set of “Rust” in October.
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Not a scheduled rehearsal

According to Gutierrez-Reed, the scene Baldwin was performing was not a scheduled rehearsal, and instead, assistant director Dave Halls was “sitting” with the gun. In the lawsuit, the gunsmith claims that a gun was not meant to be used at all during this time.

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

Gutierrez-Reed claimed that if she had been told that a gun was being used, she could have instructed Baldwin how to safely practice guns while firing a gun.

“Hannah would never have let Baldwin point the gun at Halyna, as part of standard gun safety practices,” the lawsuit said.

Alec Baldwin was holding a gun which discharged, fatally striking Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin was holding a gun which discharged, fatally striking Hutchins.
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Trying to blame it?

After the shooting and during the ensuing police investigation, Kenney attempted to get Gutierrez-Reed to blame Deputy Warden Halls, according to the lawsuit.

In text messages exchanged with Gutierrez-Reed and included in the lawsuit, Kenney allegedly told the gunsmith that she “got ripped” by Halls. According to the lawsuit, Kenney allegedly told Gutierrez-Reed that he would “take her back” if she blamed Halls.

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

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