Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer who oversaw the prop weapons used on the Rust movie set, has made her first public statements.
Through her attorneys, the 24-year-old — who’s at the center of the investigation along with assistant director David Halls — shared her side of the story for the first time about the fatal shooting of the film’s director of photography Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin when he was rehearsing with what he had been told by Halls was a “cold,” or safe, gun. Previously, only comments Gutierrez-Reed made to authorities were released as part of a search warrant filed in the investigation.
“First, Hannah would like to extend her deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Halyna,” the statement from Gutierrez-Reed’s legal team began. “She was an inspirational woman in film who Hannah looked up to. She also offers her thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to Joel. Hannah is devastated and completely beside herself over the events that have transpired.”