‘Rust’ on-set medic information lawsuit in opposition to film producers and crew members


“Rust” key medic Cheryln Schaefer has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the film’s producers in addition to a number of crew members, claiming she will be able to not work following her expertise on the film set.

Assistant Director Dave Halls, property grasp Sarah Zachry, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed and firearm provider Seth Kenney have all been named within the swimsuit, alongside Rust Film Productions, LLC, and the situation that manufacturing was being filmed on, Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Within the lawsuit, which was filed in Santa Fe County late final week, Schaefer alleges that “Gutierrez Reed loaded the revolver with the round containing the bullet that killed [cinematographer] Halyna Hutchins.”

Moreover, the swimsuit claims “Zachry assisted Hannah Gutierrez Reed in handling the revolver prior to the rehearsal.”


Aligning with different accounts of the incident, the lawsuit claims that Gutierrez Reed handed the loaded gun to Halls, who overtly declared the weapon was “cold,” which means he believed it contained no ammunition. The assistant director then handed the gun to actor Alec Baldwin, per the swimsuit. Baldwin just isn’t named as a defendant on this lawsuit.   

Producers and crew members for the movie ‘Rust’ are facing a new lawsuit from the production's key medic.

Producers and crew members for the film ‘Rust’ are going through a brand new lawsuit from the manufacturing’s key medic.

The swimsuit dove into Kenney’s current background, claiming that he and Gutierrez Reed’s father Thell Reed has not too long ago labored collectively on a movie. The swimsuit alleged that Thell offered Kenney with “reloaded rounds” or “live rounds that are created using empty casings.”

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Based on the docs, Thell requested that Kenney return the rounds, however that Kenney “retained possession” of the ammunition. 


The reloaded rounds had Starline Brass branding on them, the swimsuit acknowledged, claiming that Starline Brass “does not manufacture live rounds.” Moreover, the swimsuit claimed that “the round that struck Halyna Hutchins was a reloaded round.”

“Prior to the rehearsal where Halyna Hutchins was shot, Hannah Gutierrez Reed loaded the revolver with dummy rounds and at least one round of live ammunition,” learn the swimsuit, which identified that dummy rounds will make a sound when shaken, as they contained “one or more BBs.”

A firearm was discharged on the set of the film, resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

A firearm was discharged on the set of the movie, ensuing within the demise of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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“Hannah Gutierrez Reed knew or should have known how to distinguish a live round from a dummy round. Hannah Gutierrez Reed knew or should have known she was loading a live round of ammunition into the revolver,” stated the swimsuit, echoing that Zachry and Halls “knew or should have known” an analogous distinction.

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“Prior to the shooting, Sarah Zachry and Hannah [Gutierrez Reed] mixed rounds of ammunition from different boxes together and transported the mixed ammunition loose in fanny packs,” claimed the swimsuit.


Moreover, the swimsuit names Shannon Hughes, a consultant for Bonanza Creek Ranch, for allegedly not correctly implementing the ranch’s guidelines, which ban explosives and private firearms.

The swimsuit claimed that Hughes was current for “the majority of the time ‘Rust’ was being filmed” and allegedly “routinely objected to Rust Movie Productions, LLC’s and its employees’ and agents’ non-compliance with the Ranch’s rules, including driving on non-designated roads and speeding.”

Bonanza Creek Ranch, the location of the shooting, was named as a defendant in the suit, as was its rep Shannon Hughes.

Bonanza Creek Ranch, the situation of the taking pictures, was named as a defendant within the swimsuit, as was its rep Shannon Hughes.
(AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

Hughes “never” objected to the “obvious non-compliance with the Ranch’s firearms rules” on set, alleged the swimsuit.

“In fact, despite her actual knowledge of the prohibited and unsafe use of firearms on the Ranch premises, defendant Shannon Hughes never intervened to stop the dangerous and unsafe events from taking place on the Ranch’s real property.”

“Cherlyn Schaefer has suffered tremendous shock, trauma, and severe emotional distress as a result of the actions and inaction of all Defendants,” stated the swimsuit, which detailed Schaefer’s medical response to the taking pictures. “… Cheryln Shaefer’s trauma dn severe emotional distress has affected all aspects of her life and has medically prevented her from returning to her chosen profession.”

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Along with dropping earnings, the swimsuit stated Shaefer now suffers “mental health medical expenses, emotional trauma and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life” as she undergoes remedy from “therapists and others.”

Star Alec Baldwin was holding the gun that discharged.

Star Alec Baldwin was holding the gun that discharged.
(Photograph by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Pictures for Nationwide Geographic)

The swimsuit formally alleged misrepresentation, prima facie tort and intentional infliction of emotional misery in opposition to Rust Film Productions, Halls, Zachry, Gutierrez Reed and Kenney, whereas Hughes and Bonanza Creek Ranch had been hit with accusations of premises legal responsibility.

Different counts talked about within the swimsuit embody negligence and negligence per see, intentional spoliation of proof, negligent entrustment of chattel, negligent hiring, coaching and supervision and extra.

A six-person jury has been requested by the plaintiff to handle the case.

Kenney, attorneys for Halls, Zachry and Gutierrez Reed and reps for “Rust” didn’t instantly reply to Every day Submit Digital’s request for remark, nor did reps for the ranch.

Zachry’s lawyer William Waggoner advised TMZ that his consumer “did nothing wrong” and didn’t load the gun or deal with the gun the day of the taking pictures.


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