The fatal accident on the set of the movie Rust has been a major topic of conversation in the two weeks since it occurred. Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that included a live round, which resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Afterward the question became how did such an accident take place? Now lawyers for Rust’s armorer are theorizing that this could have been intentional sabotage.
Before Alec Baldwin was handed the prop gun that fired the fatal shot, the gun went through the hands of both Rust’s assistant director and the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. Appearing on Today, attorney Jason Bowles admitted that his client was the one who loaded the prop gun, but says that she did so from a box of known “dummy” rounds, and that a live round ended up in that box, because somebody put it there. According to Bowles...
The lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed are very clearly suggesting that some individual intentionally caused this event. While they say they are “assuming” the live round came from the box of dummy rounds, that still leaves open the possibility that it did not, implying that somebody else tampered with the gun after it left the hands of the on-set armorer.
But even if the live round was inadvertently loaded by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, that must have happened, according to the lawyers, because some individual put a live round in the box of dummy rounds, with a specific purpose in mind. Bowles continued...
As far as why somebody would have done such a thing, Jason Bowles suggested that crew members on the set of Rust may have been disgruntled and trying to “prove a point.” There have been reports that some had walked off the set prior to the accident due to issues with working conditions.
While the lawyers stopped short of calling other crew members suspects, it was specified that the prop ammunition was left unattended for approximately two hours on the day of the accident, giving others potential opportunity to tamper with it.
This certainly puts a new wrinkle in this case. Previously, most had seen this as a terrible accident, and the only question was how the accident happened. Now there is a claim that this may have been no accident at all.
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