Alec Baldwin Says He Is Complying With Cellphone Search Warrant

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More than 3 weeks aft investigators obtained a warrant for the phone, the authorities successful New Mexico and New York are moving connected coordinating the request.

The Bonanza Creek Ranch successful  Santa Fe County, N.M., wherever  the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed during a rehearsal connected  the movie  acceptable   of “Rust.” 
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Jan. 8, 2022, 3:09 p.m. ET

Following reports that the histrion Alec Baldwin’s cellphone had not yet been turned implicit to officials investigating the fatal shooting connected the “Rust” movie acceptable — weeks aft a hunt warrant was granted — Mr. Baldwin said connected Saturday that immoderate proposition that helium was not complying with instrumentality enforcement was a “lie.”

The constabulary successful Santa Fe, N.M., obtained a hunt warrant much than 3 weeks agone granting it entree to accusation connected Mr. Baldwin’s telephone related to the October shooting, during which a weapon that Mr. Baldwin was rehearsing with fired a unrecorded round, sidesplitting the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounding its director, Joel Souza.

The sheriff’s bureau and territory lawyer of Santa Fe County investigating however a unrecorded circular got into the weapon told media outlets this week that the authorities did not yet person Mr. Baldwin’s phone, prompting the histrion to respond successful a video posted to his Instagram page.

Filming himself from the driver’s spot of a parked car, Mr. Baldwin said the process for recovering accusation from his telephone “takes time” and progressive the authorities successful New Mexico coordinating with the authorities wherever helium lives.

“Someone from different authorities can’t travel to you and say, ‘Give maine your phone,’” Mr. Baldwin said successful the video, adding: “They person to specify what precisely they want. They can’t conscionable spell done your telephone and take, you know, your photos oregon your emotion letters to your woman oregon what person you.”

He added, successful notation to the process and the warrant, “We are 1,000 percent going to comply with each that.”

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According to an affidavit filed successful the exertion for the hunt warrant, granted by a justice successful New Mexico connected Dec. 16, Detective Alexandria Hancock asked Mr. Baldwin and his lawyer connected the time of the fatal shooting to manus implicit his telephone but was told to get a warrant.

That month, a lawyer for Mr. Baldwin, Aaron Dyer, said they “proactively requested that the authorities get a warrant truthful that we could instrumentality steps to support Mr. Baldwin’s household and idiosyncratic accusation that is intelligibly unrelated to the investigation.”

When the hunt warrant for Mr. Baldwin’s telephone was granted, officials successful Santa Fe requested assistance from the sheriff’s bureau successful Suffolk County successful New York, wherever Mr. Baldwin has a home. Paul Spinella, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, said the petition had been forwarded to the county’s territory attorney’s bureau to “work retired the differences successful laws” betwixt the 2 states.

Juan Rios, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, said connected Friday that erstwhile the authorities received the results of the hunt warrant, they would beryllium considered nationalist record.

In a television interrogation past month, Mr. Baldwin fiercely insisted that helium was not to blasted successful the fatal shooting of Ms. Hutchins, 42, and said that helium did not propulsion the trigger erstwhile helium was practicing with the old-fashioned Colt revolver connected the acceptable of “Rust.” He added that helium did not cock the hammer of the gun, but pulled it backmost arsenic acold arsenic helium could and fto it spell successful an enactment that mightiness person acceptable it off.

For much than 2 months, detectives have been moving to fig out however unrecorded bullets, which are not typically allowed, ended up connected the movie acceptable and whether they could person travel from the supplier of blanks and dummy rounds for the production.

“The champion mode — the lone mode — we tin grant the decease of Halyna Hutchins is to find retired the truth,” Mr. Baldwin said successful the Instagram video.

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