‘Rust’ armourer breaks her silence on Baldwin fatal shooting incident

Nov 01, 2021
Hannah Gutierrez Reed has broken her silence on the fatal shooting incident of Halyna Hutchins. Source: Facebook/@Voices of the West

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the onset armourer for the film Rust, has broken her silence on the accidental fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, with her lawyers claiming it was “not the fault of Hannah”.

While rehearsing a scene for the upcoming film, Rust, actor Alec Baldwin allegedly fired the gun, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

In a statement shared to Twitter from her legal team, the 24-year-old expressed “her deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Halyna”.

“She [Halyna] was an inspirational woman in film who Hannah looked up to. She also offers her thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to Joel. Hannah is devastated and completely beside herself over the events that have transpired,” the statement said.

Gutierrez-Reed went on to “address some untruths that have been told to the media, which have falsely portrayed her and slandered her”, as her lawyers defended her actions on the film set.

“Hannah was hired in two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armourer,” the statement said.

“She fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings. This was not the fault of Hannah.

“Hannah still, to this day, has never had an accidental discharge. The first one on this set was the prop master and the second was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks.”

It was recently revealed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office that the prop gun allegedly used by Alec Baldwin was allegedly loaded with a live bullet after a “lead projectile” was recovered from Souza’s shoulder.

Baldwin spoke out shortly after the incident on social media, conveying his, “shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins”.

 

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Gutierrez-Reed and her lawyers said they plan to address rumours and the incident further in an upcoming statement.

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