(CNN) — A passenger who ultimately carried guns to Woody Guthrie’s Home was previously the subject of a complaint by his own agent, according to a report from the National Incident Records.
WILLIAM FORD, CJ KNIGHT & MORGAN — April 28, 2011-June 16, 2011
Reed Ford, 34, previously complained to Michael Peebles, executive vice president and general counsel of the powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor, about his agent, his on-camera story said.
“Mr. Ford immediately sent a fax to Mr. Peebles asserting that his commission agreement with Mr. Peebles was not valid and his commission was due back to him,” The New York Times reported in a 2010 article.
Ford wasn’t charged with any wrongdoing.
Lorenzo Marquez, national director of brands and partnerships at the event’s organizers, showed off the arsenal — which included an AR-15 rifle — to Larry Baldwin, Willie Nelson’s former attorney and gun collector.
Walter George Wright, was apparently nervous about having the gun in a public building, and tossed the bullets into a trash can and then grabbed it out of the bin, saying “Rust.”
By that time, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy had arrived and pulled a weapon on another attendee.
When the festival ended, rumors swirled that “Rust” had shot and wounded a sheriff’s deputy and had killed him.
Nelson eventually blamed Ford for the false rumors that developed around the incident.
“If you’re not comfortable having guns in the building, don’t bring them,” Nelson told his audience.
But at first there was confusion over “Rust,” a character from the 1968 musical that took place in Guthrie’s hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The trailer for “Spring Awakening” had finished shooting at the same location and Nelson, who was in the trailer with Ford, was in town for the Tulsa World Festival.
“Lorenzo Marquez asked what happened to Rust and Ford told him that, as of July, Ford and Buckner had taken the studio’s firearms and were hanging them in their home,” the NY Times reported.
After the incident, Ford fled to Tulsa, where he hid his weapons in the gun club of the ranch where his mother lived.
The gun was returned to Ford after the lead up to the festival had ended, according to a subsequent ABC News report.