Alec Baldwin turned over his cellphone to authorities as part of an investigation into a fatal shooting on a New Mexico movie set last fall, a law enforcement official said.
SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Alec Baldwin turned over his cellphone to authorities as part of the investigation into a deadly shooting on a New Mexico movie set last fall, a law enforcement official said.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Juan Rios said Baldwin’s phone was turned over Friday to law enforcement officers in Suffolk County, New York, who are collecting the information from the phone and making it available to Santa Fe County investigators the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
Sheriff’s Department investigators in December obtained a search warrant for the contents of the phone in their investigation into the Oct. 21 shooting on the “Rust” film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.
Baldwin was an actor and co-producer, and the search warrant on his phone was looking for any text messages, pictures, videos, calls, or any other information related to the film.
Authorities said Baldwin’s prop revolver triggered a live pause during a rehearsal, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
Baldwin’s attorney, Aaron Dyer, said his client was cooperating with authorities throughout the investigation and the delay in providing information over the phone was not indicative otherwise.
“Alec volunteered his phone to authorities this morning to complete their investigation,” Dyer said in a statement on Friday. “But this matter is not about his phone and there are no replies on his phone.”
Baldwin, who has denied any wrongdoing in the shooting, said in an Instagram message Jan. 8 that New Mexico had to go through New York law enforcement and that the process of specifying exactly what was needed was taking time .
“You can’t just go through your phone and your photos or your love letters to your wife or whatever you have,” he said.
Baldwin has said he was unaware the gun he was holding contained a live cartridge when it went off. Investigators are trying to find the source of the live round.
No charges were brought in the shooting.
This story has been corrected to show that the fatal shooting occurred on October 21st, not October 11th.
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