The gunsmith supervising the weapons used in the filming of the western “Oxide“Beneath the prop supplier on Wednesday, claiming his company distributed live ammunition on set where police say the actor Alec baldwin fired a bullet that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, is seeking unspecified damages from prop supplier Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm and Prop LLC, according to the lawsuit filed in New Mexico state court.
Kenney could not be reached for comment. In a December interview with ABC News, Kenney denied that the live rounds on set came from his company.
The October The January 21 shooting is being investigated by New Mexico authorities and has rocked show business, claiming the life of a rising star of a cinematographer and wounding the film’s director, Joel Souza.
Reed’s lawsuit says he remembers loading the gun with rounds labeled as dummy ammunition, shaking the case to create the characteristic rattle that inert rounds should make.
“As far as Hannah knows, the gun was now loaded with 6 dummy rounds,” the lawsuit said.
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The lawsuit also says that she had relinquished control of the gun for 15 minutes prior to the shooting because COVID protocols kept her out of the church where the shooting occurred. The shooting was not captured on film, as Baldwin was practicing to film a scene later.
“Ammunition was misrepresented as dummy ammunition when it contained both dummy and live ammunition,” the suit says. “The defendants distributed ammunition boxes that allegedly contained dummy rounds but contained a mix of dummy and real ammunition to Rust’s production.”
Baldwin told ABC News that he did not pull the trigger, saying the Colt revolver went off when he was cocking the gun and rehearsing camera angles with Hutchins.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta. Edited by Gerry Doyle)