Armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed filed a legal suit for Halyna Hutchins against prop distributor Seth Kenney. Distributor Seth Kenney and his company provided the prop ammunition to the production team of this Alec Baldwin movie. Hannah filed the lawsuit after a fatal shooting took place in October on the sets of the film ‘Rust’.
According to the court filing, Gutierrez-Reed sued Kenney for violation of contract, creating risky conditions on the set and deceptive product labels. She is also seeking compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, and various other damages. She also requested a six-person jury to look into the case.
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyers Jason Bowles and Todd J. Bullion filed the 22-page lawsuit. In the lawsuit, Gutierrez-Reed stated that on Oct 21, Baldwin was holding a firearm that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the Sante Fe, New Mexico, set of “Rust”. She accused PDQ Arm & Prop company owned by distributor Seth Kenney of negligence and supplying live ammunition on the set.
In her statement, Halyna Hutchins mentions that the company provided live rounds mixed with dummy and blank rounds, leading to this dangerous condition.
The film industry safety rules totally prohibit live ammunition on the sets. So, the question arises how did live rounds make their way to the sets of Alec Baldwin’s movie ‘Rust’.
What happened next?
According to the lawsuit, Seth Kenny and his company PDQ Arm & Prop supplied boxes of dummy ammunition rounds for the movie ‘Rust’. Hannah and the movie crew relied upon and trusted PDQ Arm & Prop. They believed that the company delivered only blank and dummy ammunition. However, the box contained both the dummy and live ammunition. This created a foreseeably catastrophic condition on the set of the movie ‘Rust’. This led to the injury of Joel Souza and killed cinematographer Hutchins.
Kenney, on the other hand, told the investigating agencies that he received reloaded ammunition with logo matching dummy and blank ammunition. He later denied stating that his company never supplied the live rounds on the sets of the movie.
The police are still investigating what really happened on the set of Rust in October 2021.