‘Rusty’ arms dealer Hannah Gutierrez Reed sues arms supplier

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‘Rusty’ armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed sues weapons supplier in low-budget western, claiming he supplied studio with a mislabeled ammo box containing live ammunition, causing actor Alec Baldwin has a fatal accident.

Gutierrez Reed’s lawsuit was filed Wednesday night in Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, against Seth Kenney and his company PDQ Arm & Prop. The lawsuit alleges that Kenney and PDQ violated New Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices Act by introducing dangerous products on film sets. And by providing ammunition with “false label representation”.

On the morning of the fatal accident on Oct. 21, a box of ammunition showed up on a set near Santa Fe and was labeled a “dummy” despite the box containing seven live rounds and 43 dummies, the lawsuit alleges. .

Kenny has stated that he did not provide “Rust” with live ammunition, Including the one that Baldwin fired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring film director Joel Souza.

“PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC supplied Rust with the firearms, blanks and a portion of the dummy ammunition,” Kenney said in a statement provided to The Times in late November. “As per security industry standards, PDQ did not provide Rust with live ammunition.”

Neither Kenny nor his attorney were immediately available for comment Wednesday.

The lawsuit comes as Santa Fe County Sheriff’s investigators continue to pursue details of the accident, prompting calls for greater security measures on movie sets.

Delegates have been reviewing these actions Baldwin – star and producer who fired the prop gun during rehearsal – and Assistant Director David Halls, in charge of security at the Bonanza Creek Ranch scene; and Gutierrez Reed, 24, an armorer in charge of firearms, ammunition and firearm safety.

Gutierrez Reed previously told sheriff’s detectives that while she checked Baldwin’s gun the day before an unscheduled rehearsal, she “didn’t really check much” because the weapon was locked during her lunch break in the safe. 30 affidavits filed by the sheriff’s detective.

In her lawsuit, Gutierrez Reed said she did not hand over the weapon to Baldwin as usual after her lunch break, saying she had no idea the gun would be used for rehearsals.

Instead, she hands the gun to Halls, and Halls tell investigators He didn’t check all the bullets in the gun before handing it over to Baldwin.

The suit portrays Gutierrez Reed as a low-level worker who was paid $7,500 for two jobs on “Rust,” the armorer and prop master who worked on weapons in the heavy-gun movie. assistant.

The lawsuit speculates that the ammunition came from Gutierrez Reed’s father, Ser Reed, a well-known Hollywood armorer. Kenney teamed up with Thell Reed on another western filmed last summer in Texas, and during production, Kenney asked Thell Reed to bring live ammunition so they could bring the cast of the film 1883 Take to the shooting range and show them how it feels to fire a vintage gun.

Reed previously told investigators that Kenny returned to New Mexico with his ammunition canister. The canister contained 200 to 300 live ammunition, the lawsuit said.Santa Fe sheriff’s deputy Searched Kenny’s PDQ store November 30 in Albuquerque.

The lawsuit alleges that Kenney and PDQ Arm & Prop provided some “Rust” ammunition without documentation in boxes labeled “45 Colt Dummies,” even though “the contents contained fake and live ammunition,” the lawsuit said.

“These misrepresentations led to the introduction of live rounds on set with predictably catastrophic results and damage to those on the Rust set.”

According to the lawsuit, when Gutierrez Reed arrived at her job site around 6:30 a.m., she was surprised to find a full box of ammunition in her gear bag. We’ve been looking for a whole box of fake bullets for weeks! Where did this come from? ” the lawsuit said.

The Times previously reported that in the days following the shooting, property supervisor Sarah Zachry told an acquaintance that a puzzling new box of ammunition had appeared that morning.

Zachry served as PDQ’s gun representative on “Rust,” Kenney said.

Gutierrez Reed’s suit has provided new details, including the amount of live ammunition allegedly found in the box and how the film’s props department protects guns rather than ammunition.

“Throughout production on the Rust set, the prop truck was almost always unlocked and accessible to anyone prior to filming,” the lawsuit states. It also noted that the sheriff’s investigators did not search the prop truck until six days after the shooting.

Gutierrez Reed’s lead attorney, Jason Bowles, had previously floated the idea of ​​”sabotage” on set — but offered no evidence to support those claims.

The lawsuit pieces together a series of events around the time of the fatal shooting, including Kenny’s interaction with Sell Reed and a friend of Reed’s. It also contained a text message in which Kenny objected to Bowers’ “sabotage” claims.

“Hannah and her attorney have done me no favors in this matter,” Kenny wrote in a text message to Thell Reed. “If anything, the DA may see this as an unapologetic scapegoating tactic and work harder to lower prosperity. It doesn’t make sense that you and I will be doing collateral damage in this tragedy.”

After the shooting, Kenny encouraged Gutierrez Reed to cooperate with police and “implicate AD Halls as the perpetrator of the tragedy,” the lawsuit said.

“You’re young, certainly not a novice, and not inexperienced with era weapons, but are you overwhelmed by the set system and AD with 30+ years of experience?” Kenny in a text to Gutierrez Reed The text message was copied in the lawsuit, it said. “I think you did, you’re too proud to say that. None of this would have happened if you had worked with really professional advertising.”