Police Seek to Obtain Alec Baldwin’s Cell Phone
New Mexico authorities are working with police in New York to obtain actor Alec Baldwin’s cell phone pertaining to an investigation into the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the movie Rust.
According to Reuters, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office are “actively working” with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and Baldwin’s lawyers to get any materials on the phone relevant to their investigation.
Authorities released a statement announcing the coordinated effort three weeks after the sheriff’s office received a search warrant to seize Baldwin’s iPhone. According to Reuters, court documents show authorities seek to review text messages, emails, and other information.
The actor, who also served as a producer on the film, has said he was holding a revolver when it went off during rehearsal in October, firing a live round that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin said in a televised interview that he never pulled the trigger and denied responsibility for the tragedy.
A Santa Fe detective said she sought the search warrant for Baldwin's phone after she requested it on a voluntary basis and "was instructed to acquire a warrant," according to an affidavit. The affidavit said suspects, victims and witnesses "often make and/or receive telephone calls and/or messages before, during and/or after the commission of crime(s). Such information, if it exists, may be material and relevant to this investigation."