Lawyers for gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was responsible for the gun used by Alec Baldwin when he shot a cinematographer, have alleged a member of the crew may have planted the live bullet
Lawyers representing the gunsmith responsible for the gun Alec Baldwin used when he shot a cinematographer say a disgruntled member of the camera crew may have planted the live bullet.
Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, have alleged ‘sabotage’ may have taken place on the set of ‘Rust’ after the death of Halyna Hutchins, 42.
His lawyers said it was possible a “disgruntled” crew member planted the live bullet on the set as revenge.
“I think somebody who would do that, would want to sabotage the set, would want to prove a point, would mean that they’re unhappy, they’re unhappy,” Jason Bowles said.
“And we know that people had already left the set the day before and the reason they are upset is that they work 12 to 14 hours a day, they are not given hotel rooms in and around the area. , so they had to drive an hour back and forth to Albuquerque, and they’re upset.”
Bowles said Gutierrez Reed was unaware that live ammunition had been loaded into the gun before the deadly Oct. 21 shooting near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She has not been named a suspect or charged with any crime related to Hutchins’ murder, but she has retained legal representation.
“There was a box of dummy cartridges, and the box is labeled ‘dummy,'” Bowles said.
“[Gutierrez Reed] loaded cartridges from that box into the handgun, only later to discover – she had no idea – that there was a live bullet.”
The gunsmith then handed the gun to assistant manager David Halls, who in turn passed it to Baldwin and announced “gun cold”, indicating that the gun was safe to use.
“We’re guessing someone put the ride live in that box,” Bowles said while appearing on America’s Today (WEDS) yesterday.
“Whoever put the ball live in the box of dummy balls must have intended to sabotage the board. “There’s no other reason you would do this – that you would mix this live round with the dummy rounds.”
The lawyers spoke as a member of the film crew who quit the day before Baldwin’s fatal shooting – saying security procedures were ‘fast and loose’ – called the tragedy a ‘perfect storm’.
“What I put in my resignation letter was lax COVID policies, the drive-up housing situation to and from Albuquerque, and specifically, gun safety, a lack of rehearsals, a lack of preparedness from the crew for what we were doing that day,” camera first assistant Lane Luper said.
Baldwin, who also served as the film’s producer, defended working conditions on set on Tuesday by sharing several screenshots of remarks by Terese Magpale Davis, who worked in the wardrobe department for the film.
Davis denied that security was compromised on site, although union members left the set just hours before Baldwin, 63, fired the Colt .45 caliber revolver.