The armorer from the film Rust filed a lawsuit against the films gun supplier and that company’s founder alleging that misrepresented dummy rounds were to blame for the accidental killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer for Rust, sued PDQ Arm and Prop LLC. and its founder and managing member, Seth Kenney, on Wednesday, the latest legal development after a shot was fired from a gun actor Alec Baldwin was holding.
The lawsuit alleges that the dummy rounds supplied through PDQ were misrepresented because they actually contained both dummy and live rounds of ammunition.
According to the lawsuit, Kenney and his company provided ammunition boxes with 45 Colt Dummies labels. The ammunition boxes failed to state a material fact, the contents contained both dummy and live ammunition, which were deceptively sold in violation of New Mexico state law.
The lawsuit also alleges that the gun supplier’s founder “in turn failed to provide any warning as to this potentially dangerous condition that they created.”
“These false representations caused live rounds to be introduced on set, resulting in a foreseeably catastrophic outcome, and causing damages to persons on the Rust set,” the lawsuit says.
The Hill could not immediately reach Kenney for comment.
Kenney told Good Morning America during an interview last month that he was not the only arms supplier to work with the film and said that its not a possibility live rounds of ammunition came from PDQ or from himself.
“When we send dummy rounds out, they get individually rattle tested before they get sent out,” he added.
Baldwin says he was given the firearm and told it was “cold” meaning it had no live rounds. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident.
In his first interview following the shooting, Baldwin said last month he didn’t feel responsible for what happened.
“I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” he said.