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“Rust” film set gunsmith sues props supplier

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The gunsmith overseeing the guns used in the filming of the western “Rust” sued the prop supplier on Wednesday, alleging that his company distributed live ammunition on set where police said actor Alec Baldwin fired a shot. bullet that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

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Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, seeks unspecified damages from prop supplier Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm and Prop LLC, according to lawsuit in New Mexico state court .

Kenney could not be reached for comment. In an interview with ABC News in December, Kenney denied that the live tours on the set were from his company.

The October 21 shooting is being investigated by authorities in New Mexico and has rocked the entertainment world, claiming the life of a rising star of a director of photography and injuring the film’s director, Joel. Souza.

Reed’s costume says she remembers loading the pistol with cartridges labeled as dummy ammo, shaking the box to create the characteristic clinking sound that inert cartridges should make.

“To the best of Hannah’s knowledge, the weapon was now loaded with 6 dummy cartridges,” the suit said.

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The lawsuit also says she had relinquished control of the weapon for 15 minutes before the shooting because COVID protocols kept her away from the church where the shooting took place. The shoot was not filmed, as Baldwin was training to have a scene shot later.

“Ammunition has been erroneously presented as dummy ammunition only when it contains both dummy ammunition and live ammunition,” the prosecution said. “The defendants distributed boxes of ammunition believed to contain dummy bullets but which contained a mixture of dummy and real bullets produced by Rust.”

Baldwin told ABC News he didn’t pull the trigger, claiming the Colt revolver went off as he cocked the pistol and rehearsed camera angles with Hutchins.