Weeks after a search warrant was issued for Alec Baldwin’s cell phone, the Rust star has given the device to police for their probe into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last October in New Mexico.
Sought by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office to help determine what actually occurred on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set of the indie Western, the iPhone has been handed over to Suffolk Country police in New York state, near one of the multi-Emmy winner’s residence.
After much back and forth over the Christmas break over some of the private contents of the actor’s phone with Santa Fe D.A.’s office, Baldwin’s IPhone was delivered to Suffolk County authorities today. Also possessing the necessary password to unlock the phone, the Empire State police and other law enforcement will be examining the device for what I’m told is “relevant information,” before it is sent to the Land of Enchantment.
“Alec voluntarily provided his phone to the authorities this morning so they can finish their investigation,” the actor’s lawyer Aaron Dyer told Deadline.”But this matter isn’t about his phone, and there are no answers on his phone,” the civil attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP went on to state. “Alec did nothing wrong. It is clear that he was told it was a cold gun, and was following instructions when this tragic accident occurred. The real question that needs to be answered is how live rounds got on the set in the first place.”
Officials in the Suffolk County cop shop had “no comment” today on whether or not they had the phone, citing that the investigation was under the primary jurisdiction of Santa Fe law enforcement . The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office did not respond to request for comment from Deadline about the status of the much valued phone.
Even with the nearly month long delay after the December 16 search warrant was approved by a New Mexico judge, media chatty Baldwin himself in a January 8 Instagram proclaimed his right to privacy. “Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s bullshit, that’s a lie,” the actor added.
Insisting he never pulled the trigger, Baldwin killed DP Hutchins and wounded Rust director Joel Souza on October 21 while practicing a “quick draw” move during a rehearsal in a church location on the film. Baldwin was interviewed by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. He was released with no conditions or restrictions.
Even as the civic lawsuits start to pile up and the search for how live rounds got on the set of the troubled $7 million budgeted film continue, no one has been arrested or charged in the matter yet.
Previous search warrants executed by Santa Fe police at the Rust set have found a number of weapons and, according to Sheriff Adan Mendoza, “500 rounds of ammunition … a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting are live rounds.”