The armorer on the set of “Rust” on Thursday said in a statement that she had “no idea where the live rounds came from” in the latest development following a deadly incident while filming that left one person dead and another wounded.
In a statement shared with The Hill and signed by two attorneys for the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said she wanted to “address some untruths that have been told to the media, which have falsely portrayed her and slandered her.”
The armorer said the set would never have been “compromised” if live ammunition had not been introduced on the set and said she had "no clue" where the live rounds had come from.
“Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would she permit that. They were locked up every night and at lunch and there’s no way a single one of them was unaccounted for or being shot at by crew members,” she said in the statement.
Gutierrez-Reed said she has never had an accidental discharge. She also said that because she was hired for two positions on the film, it made her ability to focus on the job of armorer difficult.
“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,” the statement alleged.
Statement from Hannah Gutierrez Reid- Armorer on the Rust set. pic.twitter.com/S0CH5mVQgG— yasminvossoughian (@yasminv) October 29, 2021
A spokesperson for Rust Movie Productions LLC could not be immediately reached by The Hill for comment.
It is the latest development to roil the set of “Rust” after actor Alec Baldwin last week fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
An affidavit revealed that Baldwin, also a producer on the film, was told “cold gun,” meaning there was no live ammunition in it. News reports soon surfaced that several crew members had walked off the set of the film just hours before the fatal incident to protest myriad issues, including complaints about safety procedures.
—Updated at 11:58 a.m.