Fox News reports that Rust Movie Productions has denied liability for the on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. On October 21 of 2021, Hutchins died after being struck by a bullet fired from a gun held by Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico movie set of 'Rust' . The company claims that independent contractors, including armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, should be held accountable. According to a filing obtained by 'The Hollywood Reporter,' the company claimed that Gutierrez Reed was:, "singularly responsible for all tasks associated with the use of firearms and ammunition.".