The attorney for the woman in charge of weapons on the “Rust” film claimed his client is being “framed” for the tragic death when Alec Baldwin shot the film’s cinematographer.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, the daughter of long-time film industry armorer, Thell Reed, has been named the armorer responsible for guns on the set.
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer argued that “sabotage” and a “tampered” crime scene were proof of a framing job for the shooting last month on the New Mexico movie set.
“We are convinced that this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed,” lawyer Jason Bowles said. “We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived. The truth-finding process demands that the District Attorney and FBI run down all of the evidence, including the nature of those live rounds.”
“We are asking for a full and complete investigation of all of the facts, including the live rounds themselves, how they ended up in the ‘dummies’ box, and who put them in there,” He added, reported Daily Wire.
Bowles had previously linked his idea to worker discontent on the Western film set when camera crew members staged a walkout hours before the disaster to protest what they say were terrible working conditions.
District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies claimed that detectives had no clue how the live rounds wound up on set and that a probe may take months. She also discredited Bowles’s claim of sabotage.
“I know that some defense attorneys have come up with conspiracy theories and have used the word sabotage. We do not have any proof,” Carmack-Altwies said.
“How they [the live rounds] got there, I think will be one of the most important factors going into a charging decision,” she continued.
The gun fired by actor Baldwin was laid on a cart by Gutierrez-Reed. When Baldwin fired a “hot” prop gun meant to be loaded with blanks, the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, was murdered, and the director, Joel Souza, was injured.
Armorers supervise all use of weapons on production sets for movies, TV programs, or stage shows. They also provide instructions to actors on how to properly and safely use them. Armorers also work closely with the props department.
Gutierrez-Reed has been portrayed in media reports as inexperienced in the ongoing investigation into the shooting of Halyna Hutchins.
However, she stated that she was “very safety concerned and took her job very seriously” in a statement made through her lawyer, reported NY Post.