After 20 months of investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Rust film, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is alleged to have handed off a bag of cocaine after sitting through an interview with police.
According to legal documents, prosecutors claim to have a witness who alleges Hannah Gutierrez-Reed transferred a “small bag of cocaine” to them on October 21, 2021, after sitting through an interview with police following Hutchins’ death.
They say the alleged handoff shows that Gutierrez-Reed was trying to avoid prosecution and hide evidence that would further implicate her involvement in the death of Halyna Hutchins.
Prosecutors said the witness expressed concerns about coming forward and told them, “I will never be able to work in the film industry again.”
Prosecutors are asking for a protective order, barring Gutierrez-Reed’s camp from releasing the witness’ identity and keeping the witness off any publicly-available witness lists.
Gutierrez-Reed has been charged with tampering with evidence.
Her attorney, Jason Bowles, released a statement calling the new charge “retaliatory and vindictive.” He also questioned the timing of the new charge.
It is shocking that after 20 months of investigation, the special prosecutor now throws in a completely new charge against Ms. Gutierrez-Reed, with no prior notice or any witness statements, lab reports, or evidence to support it.
This stinks to high heaven and is retaliatory and vindictive.
On October 21, 2021, well-known actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of the movie Rust, prepared by armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed that fatally injured cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and hospitalized director Joel Souza.
In video footage of Gutierrez-Reed being questioned by police, she described the day as the worst day of her life.
She also said:
I can’t believe Alec Baldwin was holding the gun, that’s so f***ed!
…I just want to get the f**k out of here, and never show my face in this industry ever again.
Watch the video footage of Gutierrez-Reed below:
Alec Baldwin has since been cleared of all charges.