Lawsuit filed by gunsmith Rust against Albuquerque prop house

A lawsuit filed on behalf of gunsmith “Rust” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed alleges where live ammunition on set may have come from. “Someone intended to sabotage this set with a live bullet intentionally placed in a mannequin box,” said Jason Bowles, attorney for Gutierrez-Reed. Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney and his client say Seth Kenney and PDQ Arm and Prop are to blame. The new lawsuit states, “The company provided ammunition boxes with 45 dummy Colt labels. The ammunition boxes failed to disclose a material fact, the contents contained both dummy and live ammunition which Gutierrez- Reed, were sold in a deceptive manner.” “There can be very, very few explanations for live ammunition ending up in a dummy ammo box on a film set,” Bowles said. The lawsuit says there was an argument between Gutierrez-Reed and Kenney over two accidental discharges that happened on set 15-20 minutes apart. A few days later, on the morning of the Rust shooting, Gutierrez-Reed saw a new ammo box labeled dummy cartridges completely full on top of his gear bag. When she asked her colleagues where she was from, they did not answer. Hannah then loaded Alec Baldwin’s gun with four dummy rounds from his pocket and two from the new ammo box. Later that afternoon, Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed. “It’s not a bad tactic if you’re the criminal defense attorneys,” John Day said. Day, KOAT’s legal expert, said Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyers were trying to divert his attention from her. “You know, it gives us insight into what his lawyers are thinking, their strategy to be if there’s a criminal to charge. The focus is that they’re trying to put the spotlight on somebody. another away from their client,” Day said. While the sabotage angle is still being debated, we’ve heard from the Santa Fe County prosecutor before, and she doesn’t believe sabotage is a possibility. Kenney gave a statement to “Good Morning America” ​​about the lawsuit, saying, “Investigators thoroughly searched his store and concluded that the dummy cartridges and blanks provided to ‘Rust’ were safe.” says he and his company are not interested in the investigation.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of gunsmith “Rust” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed alleges where live ammunition on set may have come from.

“Someone intended to sabotage this set with a live bullet intentionally placed in a mannequin box,” said Jason Bowles, attorney for Gutierrez-Reed.

Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney and his client say Seth Kenney and PDQ Arm and Prop are to blame.

The new lawsuit states, “The company provided ammunition boxes with 45 dummy Colt labels. The ammunition boxes failed to disclose a material fact, the contents contained both dummy and live ammunition which Gutierrez- Reed, were sold in a deceptive manner.”

“There can be very, very few explanations for live ammunition ending up in a dummy ammo box on a film set,” Bowles said.

The lawsuit says there was an argument between Gutierrez-Reed and Kenney over two accidental discharges that happened on set 15-20 minutes apart.

A few days later, on the morning of the Rust shooting, Gutierrez-Reed saw a new ammo box labeled dummy cartridges completely full on his gear bag.

When she asked her colleagues where it came from, they did not answer.

Hannah then loaded Alec Baldwin’s gun with four dummy rounds from his pocket and two from the new ammo box.

Later that afternoon, Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed.

“It’s not a bad tactic if you’re the criminal defense attorneys,” John Day said.

KOAT legal expert Day says Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyers are trying to distract her.

“You know, it gives us insight into what his lawyers are thinking, what their strategy will be if there’s a criminal charge. The focus is that they’re trying to put the spotlight on someone else away from their client,” Day said.

While the sabotage angle is still being debated, we’ve heard from the Santa Fe County prosecutor before, and she doesn’t think sabotage is a possibility.

Kenney made a statement to “Good Morning America” ​​about the lawsuit. He said,

“Investigators thoroughly searched his store and concluded that the dummy bullets and blanks supplied to ‘Rust’ were safe.”

He says he and his company are not interested in the investigation.

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