The gun master charged with managing weapons for the New Mexico movie “Rest” where Alec Baldwin shot a cameraman last year, filed a lawsuit Wednesday, accusing a weapons and ammunition supplier of introducing “dangerous” materials. on set.
In the lawsuit, the gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, said that Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm & Prop, supplied the box — labeled “dummy” rounds — which actually contained at least one live round, which was discharged from a pistol Baldwin was practicing on October 21 last year. The discharge killed the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and injured the film’s director, Joel Souza.
“Hannah and the entire ‘Rest’ film crew relied on the defendants’ misrepresentation that they had only supplied fake ammunition,” documents in the lawsuit filed in New Mexico state court said.
According to the lawsuit, which named Mr. Kenney and his company, he had collaborated with Mrs. Gutierrez-Reed’s father, Thell Reed, a prominent Hollywood gunsmith, on another movie set in Texas about a month or two before the fatal shooting. .
Mr. Kenney had asked Mr. Reed to help train actors to shoot live rounds at a distance from a firing range, the lawsuit said. Then Mr. Kenney ammunition, including live bullets Mr. Reed had delivered the training, it said.
What happened on the set of ‘Rest’
According to court documents submitted by a detective to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office last year, Mr. Reed said the live ammunition used at the firing range could be the same that ended up on the “Rest” set.
Ms. Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys said in the lawsuit that Mr. Kenney and PDQ Arm & Prop of Albuquerque had handed out “boxes of ammunition that claimed to contain dummy rounds but contained a mix of dummy and live ammunition for the Rust- production.”
They “knew or reasonably should have believed that the ammunition they supplied to the Rust production would be used in the filming of scenes involving the use of firearms,” the filing said.
Mr Kenney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His role as a supplier of blanks and pilot cartridges for production, and whether he may have also sent live ammunition, is already under investigation by law enforcement in New Mexico.
In November, a search warrant was issued to investigate Mr. Kenney to search. According to an affidavit in the case, “Rest” props chief Sarah Zachry told detectives that some of the ammunition came from Mr. Kenney, while some came from a previous production that Ms. Gutierrez-Reed had worked. “a person identified as ‘Billy Ray’.”
At the time, Mr. Kenney, who has also done business from Arizona and California, said he was confident he was not the source of a live round.
“It’s not possible they came from PDQ or from me personally,” he said in an interview with “Good Morning America”, adding that his company’s dummy rounds are individually “rattle tested” before being shipped (when shuffled, dummy rounds will rattle, while live rounds will not).
In the latest lawsuit, Ms. Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys described the actions she took to verify the weapon was safe before handing it over to Baldwin. “Hannah remembered the room she thought needed cleaning in Baldwin’s gun and she cleaned it and then Hannah took another round out of the dummy box, shook it and placed it in the room,” the court papers said. “To the best of Hannah’s knowledge, the gun was now loaded with 6 dummy cartridges.”
Ms. Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney has previously said that she did two jobs on the “Rest” set – gun master and props assistant – which made it difficult for her to fully focus on her job as a gun master. The lawsuit, which characterized the “Rest” set as a “hurried and chaotic atmosphere,” noted that Ms. Gutierrez-Reed would be paid approximately $7,500 for both jobs combined.
Ms. Gutierrez-Reed has been named as one of several defendants in separate lawsuits filed by two “Rest” crew members who alleged that as a gunsmith, she had not followed appropriate security measures and that at age 24 she did not have enough experience to oversee weapons on set.
Mr. Kenney and his company claimed the “props were dummy rounds and safe and effective products for use on a movie set, when in fact they were unsafe live rounds and should never have been on a movie set,” Ms Gutierrez’s attorneys -Drove. according to the court papers.