The actor Alec Baldwin handed over his cell phone to police officers as part of the investigation into the director of photography’s fatal murder Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust,” he told CNN the Santa Fe County Attorney’s Office.
A spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CNN that the actor gave his phone to police officers in Suffolk County, Nova York, who helped New Mexico authorities obtain the device.
“They will collect information from the phone and provide the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office with the collected evidence,” said Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Juan Rios.
“The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office does not yet have physical possession of the data to be retrieved from the Baldwin phone,” Rios added, but noted that “this is in process.”
Hutchins was shot to death on October 21 during a rehearsal for a scene at a church at Bonanza Creek Ranch. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting.
Late last year, Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the scene would show the actor cocking the gun, and he and Hutchins were discussing how she wanted to position his hand before the gun went off, then saying: point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger.”
Aaron Dyer, Baldwin’s civil attorney, confirmed in a statement to CNN that his client voluntarily handed over his cell phone to authorities on Friday morning (14).
“But this subject is not about his phone, and there are no answers on his phone. Alec didn’t do anything wrong. Of course, he was told it was a cold weapon and was following instructions when this tragic accident occurred,” Dyer said in the statement.
“The real question that needs to be answered is how the live ammunition got to the set in the first place,” the statement added.
What the authorities are looking for
A search warrant was issued for Baldwin’s cell phone last month, according to Santa Fe County court documents. New Mexico.
Authorities are seeking to obtain messages, call logs, digital photos and videos, as well as any private messages sent on social media platforms in connection with the production of “Rust,” according to the warrant. They also look to get deleted videos, photos and messages on the phone related to the movie.
In a video posted to his Instagram account in early January, Baldwin said he was cooperating with authorities, stating that authorities’ process of requesting your phone takes time and they need to “specify exactly what they want.”
The actor added that any suggestion that he was not serving the search warrant was “a lie.” In the video, he added that he is “working, insisting, demanding” the truth about what happened.
Dyer said last month that the actor was cooperating with authorities and they were confident the evidence would show the actor was not responsible for what happened.
Gunsmith sues supplier of weapons and ammunition from the film
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gunsmith on set, loaded the gun with what she thought were fake bullets before Baldwin used it on set, lawyers for the professional said in November.
Jason Bowles, attorney for Gutierrez Reed, said that at the time there was a box of labeled fake cartridges, and the gunsmith took ammunition out of that box and loaded the gun “only to find out later — and she had no idea — she inspected the bullets, which there was a real bullet.”
“Now we don’t know, however, if that bullet came from that box. We’re assuming so,” Bowles said.
Two team members told the CNN that Gutierrez Reed used weapons incorrectly in a previous film project.
Gutierrez Reed is suing the arms and ammunition supplier of “Rust”.
In the complaint filed this month, Gutierrez Reed accuses PDQ Arm and Prop and its founder Seth Kenney of violating business practices, false and misleading product labels, and false and material misrepresentations. Gutierrez Reed alleges that Kenney sold her fictitious ammunition with real cartridges mixed in.
The complaint also includes allegations of wrongdoing by several others involved in the production.
This content was originally created in English.
Reference: CNN Brasil