Alec Baldwin Finally Turns Over His Phone To Police Almost A Month After Search Warrant Was Issued
Alec Baldwin has handed over his cell phone to officials as part of the investigation relating to Rust's fatal shooting that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year.
The move came almost a month since authorities issued a search warrant to seize the device.
According to ABC News, the Santa Fe District Attorney's Office has confirmed to the outlet they have received the actor's cellphone on Friday.
On Thursday, the County Sheriff's office released a statement stating Baldwin had still not surrendered the item requested by the officials on December 16, 2021.
"To date, the cell phone has not been turned over to authorities," the statement read.
The Santa Fe authorities also announced they had enlisted the aid of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in New York to help obtain the actor's cellphone.
The officials were also working with the embattled actor's lawyer to try to obtain the device. Investigators believe the phone could contain information that will help with their probe.
Despite the official word from the law enforcement agencies, Baldwin denied the accounts.
"Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders, or search warrants about my phone, that's bullsh--. That's a lie," the father of six told his followers in a video via his Instagram. "It's a process that takes time. They have to specify what exactly they want. They just can't go through your phone and take, you know, your photos or your love letters to your wife or whatever. But, of course, we are 1,000% going to comply with all that. We're, you know, perfectly fine with that."
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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Baldwin was handling a prop gun when he accidentally shot Hutchins and film director Joel Souza while filming in October.
As a result, Hutchins was rushed via a helicopter to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. At the same time, Souza was transported to another medical center for his injuries and released the following day.
The Boss Baby actor and the production shut down and were slammed with multiple lawsuits concerning the fatal event, including one from Rust script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.
Her attorney Gloria Allred alleged the actor "intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of the firearm."
However, in his recent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, he claimed he "didn't pull the trigger," insisting he only "let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off."
During the chat, he burst into tears as he explained, "someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn't supposed to be on the property."