Alec Baldwin has given up his mobile phone to police as they investigate the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of “Rust,” over a month after a warrant was filed for the device.
During a rehearsal for the Western being filmed in New Mexico in October, the US actor was carrying a Colt gun when it discharged a live cartridge, killing Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin Did Not Resist
Police are investigating why live ammo was present on set and demanded Baldwin’s phone in mid-December because there may be evidence on the device that is relevant to this inquiry.
Alec Baldwin’s iPhone was given over to police in Suffolk County, New York, where he lives.
A spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office told AFP that they will collect data from the gadget and report their results to New Mexico officials.
According to the spokesperson, the sheriff’s office has not yet received the data to be extracted from Alec Baldwin’s phone.
Investigators have stated that they want to see text conversations and emails received to and from Baldwin, who is a producer and actor on “Rust,” about the film.
According to the search warrant for his phone, Baldwin had communications with the film’s armorer concerning the sort of pistol to be used in the scenario.
According to an agreement reached between Alec Baldwin and the Santa Fe district attorney, phone conversations between Baldwin’s lawyer and his wife will not be turned over.
Negotiations over “jurisdictional issues,” according to the sheriff’s office, have previously stalled the phone transfer.
Over the weekend, Alec Baldwin released a meandering video in which he argued reports that he was not cooperating with the inquiry were “a fabrication.”
Prosecutors have yet to bring criminal charges in connection with the tragedy but have refused to rule out charging anybody involved, including Baldwin.