‘Rust’ Gunsmith Claims Alec Baldwin Disregarded Gun Safety Rules

The gunsmith on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust has accused him of violating gun safety rules and claims she was not asked to inspect the revolver he used in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed replied to a legal filing in which Baldwin said Hutchins told him to cock the antique revolver, CNN reported.

“Mr. Baldwin knew under no circumstances could he point a firearm at crew members and had a duty of safety to his fellow crew members,” Gutierrez Reed said in a statement, according to the network on Saturday.

“Nevertheless, before the fatal incident, he pointed the gun at Halyna, against all rules and common sense,” she added.

Gutierrez Reed said Baldwin and others on the western set had “a duty and responsibility to call Hannah for a gun inspection and safety briefing before any gun scene was performed.”

“Hannah was not called to the church prior to the impromptu gun scene rehearsal, and she should have been,” the statement, quoted by CNN, reads.

The rookie gunsmith said she didn’t know what happened on the day of the church shooting and that the 63-year-old star was responsible for keeping the crew safe.

church off "rust" set.
Alec Baldwin “had the duty and responsibility to call Hannah for a gun inspection and safety briefing before any gun scene was performed.”
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Set inside the church.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed was reportedly not called to church prior to the impromptu gun scene rehearsal.
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Gutierrez Reed said she encountered “constant resistance” from Baldwin and production staff during her time on set, according to CNN.

“Hannah emphasized the importance of training Mr. Baldwin in the cross draw, which is dangerous,” the statement said.

“He never took up the offer and Hannah was unable to do that training as well as any other training that she wanted to do because of budgets and being overridden by production.”

Alec Baldwin.
Alec Baldwin has insisted that any mistake that led to the October 21 shooting was “made by someone else”.
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Baldwin claimed last week that Gutierrez Reed ordered him not to check the revolver for live bullets, saying “it was her job to check the gun — not his.”

“An actor cannot determine that a gun is safe. That’s the responsibility of other people on set,” Baldwin said in legal documents filed Friday, in which he denied any responsibility for the Hutchins shooting.

He insisted that every single mistake that led to the Oct. 21 shooting on set in New Mexico was “made by someone else.”

Baldwin’s filing revealed that he had made “exhaustive efforts” to bring the crew back together to complete the doomed film, even after a spate of lawsuits had him blamed for the death of Hutchins’ mother.

“This is a rare instance where the system has collapsed and someone should be held legally responsible for the tragic consequences,” the star’s attorney, Luke Nikas, wrote in a plea for arbitration.

Digital recreation of the shooting.
Alec Baldwin claims that Halyna Hutchins “told Baldwin to hold the gun higher to the point where it was pointed at her”.

The arbitration demand against Baldwin’s co-producers alleges that his contract shields him from any financial responsibility in a variety of lawsuits filed against him, including the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Hutchins’ widow.

Even without that clause, Baldwin was completely innocent in the “unthinkable tragedy,” according to the filing, which shows he was paid $250,000 to star and produce the low-budget film.

“Hutchins described what Baldwin was to do with the placement of the gun … She instructed Baldwin to hold the gun higher up to a point where it was pointed at her,” Baldwin’s filing reads.

Digital recreation of the shooting.
“An actor cannot decide that a gun is safe,” Alec Baldwin claimed in a court filing.

“In issuing and following these instructions, Hutchins and Baldwin shared one fundamental, fundamental belief: that the gun was ‘cold’ and contained no live cartridges.

“Baldwin asked Hutchins if she wanted to see him cock the gun like the script called for. She answered yes,” the filing reads.

In a statement, Hutchins’ family lawyers accused Baldwin of “trying to avoid liability and accountability for his reckless actions,” CNN reported.

Halina Hutchins.
Halyna Hutchins’ family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Alec Baldwin.
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“Baldwin’s disclosure of personal texts with Matt Hutchins is irrelevant to his request for arbitration and demonstrates nothing other than Hutchins’ dignity in his relationship with Baldwin,” the statement said.

“It is shameful that Baldwin should claim that Hutchin’s handling of the wrongful death lawsuit’s filing derailed the completion of ‘Rust.’ The only action that ended production on the film was Baldwin’s assassination of Halyna Hutchins,” the attorneys said, according to CNN. ‘Rust’ Gunsmith Claims Alec Baldwin Disregarded Gun Safety Rules


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