Attorneys for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the gun supervisor for the movie “Rust,” blames her employers for her lack of comprehensive prop guns management.
“She fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department,” said lawyers Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence in a statement, as reported by NBC News.
“The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings,” they alleged.
On Oct. 21, movie star Alec Baldwin accidentally killed Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza when he discharged a prop gun at a camera while they were standing behind it during a rehearsal.
Gutierrez-Reed was the person who prepared and placed three guns in a cart outside of the building where the accident occurred. An assistant director took the firearm, handed it over to Baldwin, and told him it was safe.
Her attorneys said that Gutierrez-Reed locked the weapons up at night and during lunch and could not explain how live ammo found its way onto the set.
“Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would she permit that,” their statement reads.
Stressing that their client would put safety as a top priority, the attorneys defended that Reed could not have been more careful with the weapons owing to her two separate roles in the production of the movie.
“Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer,” their statement said.
However, internal sources debunked the claims with NBC News, saying that it is usual for the armorer to undertake another role within a production. Working with “Rust,” the sources said Gutierrez-Reed only spent two days a week to tend the props and was never responsible for both props and weapons on the same day.
The shooting at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, is under investigation. However, the authorities have not brought charges against anyone.