'Rust' Armorer Breaks Her Silence, Blames Producers for 'Unsafe' Set

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed says she “has no idea “ where live ammunition came from in gun that killed Halyna Hutchins

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A week after the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of “Rust,” the film’s armorer,Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, has broken her silence. In a statement issued by by attorney, Gutierrez-Reed denied any knowledge of the live round that killed Hutchins, and laid blame for unsafe conditions during the shoot on producers.

The statement, first reported by MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian, says Gutierrez-Reed was “devastated” and wanted to express her “deepest and most sincere condolences” for the family and friends of Hutchins, who she called “an inspiration woman in film who Hannah looked up to.”

The statement then turned to “address some untruths that have been told to the media,” which it said “falsely portrayed” and “slandered” Gutierrez-Reed.

“Safety is Hannah’s number on priority on set. Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from,” the statement said, adding thatGutierrez-Reed and the “Rust” prop master “gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would she permit that.”

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