What happened on the set of 'Rust'?

It’s still not clear how a live bullet ended up on the set of “Rust,” but prosecutors argued the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed unknowingly brought the rounds onto the set – leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The armorer was also accused of putting the cast and crew at risk by not enforcing industry safety protocols on the Western set.

Gutierrez Reed was hired as the armorer along with the role of prop assistant by producers of the movie. She had recently completed work on Nicolas Cage’s “The Old Way.”

Hutchins died on set after a gun loaded by Gutierrez Reed discharged. Actor Alec Baldwin had been filming a close-up shot with the gun at the time of the shooting. Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer argued she was not able to focus on her armorer duties due to her two jobs on set.

Gutierrez Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in March. The “Rust” armorer was sentenced to the maximum of 18 months in prison.

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