The chief gunsmith of “Rust” says the fatal shooting would never have happened if she was in the church with Alec baldwin and Halyna Hutchins … according to a new trial.
Roseau Hannah Gutierrez has just lodged a complaint against Seth kenney, the man whose company supplied the ammunition used on the set … but it also blames Alec and the assistant director Dave Halles.
While Alec and Halls are not the accused, Hannah claims in the documents… Baldwin did not respond to his request to schedule a cross-draw practice session for the gun scenes in the film. As we reported, Alec did exactly that – a scene where he shoots the gun at his body – when Halyna was killed.
According to the complaint filed by the lawyer Jason bowles, Hannah claims that she loaded the pistol used in the church scene with what she believed to be dummy bullets, and gave the pistol to Deputy Headmaster Halls, who told her he would be sitting with the pistol during rehearsal.
Hannah claims she left the church, and within 15 minutes Halls handed the gun to Baldwin. That’s when Halls yelled “cold gun” … meaning he wasn’t loaded with live ammunition.
In the documents, Hannah claims this was not a scheduled rehearsal with Baldwin, and it was protocol for Halls to inform her whether Baldwin was going to film or practice the gun movement. She says that did not happen.
Instead, Hannah says Alec started practicing the cross-pull from his shoulder holster to get the right camera angles with Halyna… and that’s when the shoot took place. .
She claims that Alec would have learned safe firearms practices with the cross draw, but he never responded to her request to train her on the move.
Hannah also says she would never have let Alec point a gun at Halyna – but she wasn’t in the church to do so.
She sues Kenney because she thinks he had access to the set and knew the code to the safe where the guns were stored.
In the lawsuit, she claims that he and his company, PDQ Arm & Prop, were the production’s primary ammunition supplier – so they should be solely responsible for live ammunition that clearly ended up on set.