Hannah Gutierrez Reed stood her ground to refuse some rumors regarding the on-set shooting involving Alec Baldwin due to which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins lost her life.
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According to Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, the armorer on the set of “Rust” Gutierrez Reed, who was delegated with the responsibility for the protection and tackling of firearms on the set, is an important center of the inspection about the death of Hutchins.
She was one of the very several people who tackled the gun before Baldwin exonerated it last Thursday on set.
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Although, as per the statement declared by her attorneys, new lawyers Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence based in Mexico, Gutierrez Reed hold accountable hasty situations on the low-budget set for the awful tragedy.
According to the statement, she also opposed rumors that the crew members made use of live evidence for aiming practice and refused charge for two releases that occurred earlier.
“Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on set,” said her attorneys in the statement. “Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. Hannah has no idea where their live rounds came from.”
The statement also declares that Gutierrez Reed perpetuates to argue over her insistence that she has never noticed live ammo being used in any of the guns she tackled for the movie “Rust.” They also recorded that she would not encourage the use of live ammo in any situation.
In a statement, attorneys stated that Gutierrez herself has never experienced an accidental release of a firearm on set. Although, they accepted that two went down on “Rust” and for which she is not responsible.
They claimed, “The first one on this set was the prop master and the second one was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks.”
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Because of the filming that gave rise to the death of Hutchins and also harmed director Joel Souza, Mendoza claimed in a press conference held on Wednesday that live ammunition was restored from the shoulder of the director.
Further, along with that ammo, inspectors discovered 500 rounds of ammo, together with a mix of blanks, dummy rounds, and what seemed to be live rounds.
Earlier, Gutierrez Reed said to investigators in an affidavit that there ought to be no live ammo on the set at all. Although, according to the witness discovered at this time, along with living ammunition, as said by Mendoza this week that he thinks that to be “not an accurate statement.”
Seemingly, in their assertion, her attorneys moved the blame away from the armorer of the set to a bigger discussion regarding the resources she was provided by producers to make sure the set was all right and as per protocol standards.
It was stated by Bowles and Gorence “Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer.” They did not disclose what other role she was recruited for on “Rust.”
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Further, it was added in the statement that “She fought for training, days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department.”
They noticed that a deficit of protection meetings was only one of the various elements that resulted in the set being quite risky.
No doubt that on the morning of the shooting, Souza earlier said to inspectors that they were coping up with the outcomes following camera crew members buzzing off from the set amidst conflict upon working requirements along with safety approach, and that morning only a new crew was recruited.
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The attorneys of Gutierrez Reed also started rumors that live ammo got off the ground of the set as crew members were making use of the guns for aiming practice in their spare time for having fun only.
As per the statement “Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns nor would she permit that.” Adding further “They were locked up every night and at lunch and there’s no way a single one of them was unaccounted for or being shot by crew members.”
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Baldwin Role as Producer of the Film Permits Him to Be Open for Civil Lawsuit
Despite the statement of Gutierrez Reed, district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies stated that criminal allegations have not been frozen out for those who are engaged, along with Gutierrez Reed and Baldwin.
Although, since Gutierrez Reed put efforts to move the allegations to the producers of the film, it deserves to be noted that the matter is involving Baldwin, who was a producer on “Rust” and an actor as well.
It has been noted by several legal experts that his role as a producer permits him open for a civil lawsuit, even though he gets away with any criminal allegations.