Prosecutors in the shooting incident which led to the death of the cinematographer of the movie “Rust” asked to hide the witness’ name from the public.
“Rust” Shooting Incident
Last Friday, prosecutors in the shooting incident that happened during the production of the movie “Rust” that led to the death of its cinematographer asked for the witness’ name to avoid harassment from the film industry and the public. Special prosecutors in the said shooting incident stated in the court filings that the witness is set to testify that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the set armorer of the production, lent a bag full of narcotics to the witness after an interview with the police. They stated that the witness is currently worried about being harassed by the public and the film industry for testifying in the shooting incident.
Gutierrez-Reed is currently facing involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering charges since she is the only defendant left in the shooting incident case since Alec Baldwin‘s charges on the shooting incident were dropped by prosecutors last April. However, Baldwin can still have his charges refiled. The shooting incident occurred as Baldwin pointed a gun at the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, whilst rehearsing for a sequence when the gun was fired. She ultimately died from the shooting incident on October 21, 2021, and injured the movie’s director, Joel Souza.
Gutierrez-Reed’s Evidence Tampering
In the latest court filing, Jason Lewis and Kari Morrissey, prosecutors of the shooting incident, stated the allegations against Gutierrez-Reed that she did obtain evidence linking to the handling of the gun used in the production that led to the shooting incident could be supported by the alleged drug transfer that took place.
Gutierrez-Reed was charged with evidence tampering last week as prosecutors believed that she was smoking marijuana and drinking during the production nights of “Rust”. It was believed that she was hungover on the day she was handling the gun Baldwin used, leading her to load a live bullet into the gun.