‘Rust’ AD David Halls is not responsible for arms control: lawyer

A lawyer for the “Rust” assistant director, who allegedly handed over the revolver in the deadly shooting to Alec Baldwin, said it was not her client’s responsibility to confirm that the gun had been unloaded – even though he has told police he should have checked everything. . the rounds.

Attorney Lisa Torraco also insisted in her interview on Fox News Monday that David Halls did not handle the gun the day Baldwin fatally shot film photographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.

“This idea that my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen,” Torraco said, before retiring, avoiding questions about whether the assistant director handed the gun to Baldwin.

“The brusher brought the weapon in,” she said, referring to Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was only working on her second film in that capacity. “The breaker opens the firearm … [Halls] did not load it. “

Torraco told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The Story” that Halls was not responsible for ensuring that the .45-caliber Colt was a “cold gun”, a production term that means the weapon does not contain live cartridges and is safe. for rehearsal

Alec Baldwin breaks the cover to answer questions about the unintentional shooting on the set in New Mexico.
Alec Baldwin breaks the cover to answer questions about the unintentional shooting on the set in New Mexico.
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“It is not the job of the assistant director. If he chooses to check the firearm because he wants to make sure everyone is safe, he can do it, but that is not his responsibility, ”she said.

On Monday, Halls spoke for the first time since the shooting on October 21, but did not address details of the incident – or respond to previous reports that it was he who handed Baldwin the gun.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said last week that investigators were still trying to determine how live rounds came on the set.

According to Santa Fe authorities, four people handled the gun before the shooting: Baldwin, Halls, Gutierrez-Reed and prop master Sarah Zachry, according to Fox News.

Souza told police that security protocols require the armor man to hand over the weapon to the assistant director, who must check to make sure there are no live rounds in the weapon before handing it over to the actor.

Halls has told investigators he could not remember how thoroughly he checked the firearm.

“David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing the exercise he could only remember seeing three rounds,” he told detectives, according to a statement filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate’s Court.

Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in the shooting on the set of 'Rust'.
Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in the shooting on the set of ‘Rust’.
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“He advised that he should have checked them all, but did not, and could not remember if she spun on the drum,” the assistant director reportedly told police.

An insider has told The Post that two employees on the set told investigators they never saw Halls remove the gun from the armored man’s vehicle during an investigation into the incident. Witnesses also denied that Halls had called the gun “cold” before giving it to Baldwin, the source said.

Gutierrez told police she “checked the ‘dolls’ and made sure they were not ‘hot rounds’,” according to the statements.

David Halls told investigators he could not remember how thoroughly he checked the firearm before handing it over to Alec Baldwin.
David Halls told investigators he could not remember how thoroughly he checked the firearm before handing it over to Alec Baldwin.
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In her interview Monday, Torraco also said she and her team interviewed another crew member, whom she referred to as a “he,” and said they “checked” the firearm – though she did not disclose information about their identities.

When pressured by MacCallum, she said she spoke to some crew members who remember Gutierrez-Reed giving the gun to Baldwin, while others remember seeing Halls give it to the actor, immediately after receiving the support weapon from the armor man.

“This tragedy is overwhelming for all of us … it’s deeply sad for my client,” said Torraco, who avoided answering questions about his client’s involvement in a previous weapons-related incident in 2019.

An aerial photo of the film, which takes place at Bonanza Creek Ranch, where 'Rust' was filmed.
An aerial photo of the film, which takes place at Bonanza Creek Ranch, where ‘Rust’ was filmed.
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Halls and his representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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