Alec Baldwin is currently the centerpiece of an investigation surrounding the fatal shooting that took place on the set of his movie “Rust”. The actor took to Instagram on Saturday to insist he’s complying with authorities.
Authorities in New Mexico have a warrant for the actor’s phone and the contents inside of it. The warrant is part of an investigation into the death of Halyna Hutchins. Hutchins worked as a cinematographer on the “Rust” film when she died. She was killed by a real bullet fired from a prop gun that was being used by Baldwin on set in October.
The actor posted a nearly 3-minute video to Instagram defending himself against online reports suggesting that he isn’t complying with authorities on the case. In the video, viewers can see Baldwin in the driver’s seat of a parked car, somewhere in the Hamptons. “Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s bulls–t, that’s a lie,” Baldwin declares in the video.
He continues, “This is a process where one state makes the request of another state. It’s a process that takes time, they have to specify what they want. We are one thousand percent going to comply with all that,” Baldwin explains of the New Mexico warrant.
December Warrant Gave Authorities Permission To Search Baldwin’s Phone
A judge signed a warrant in December that gave permission for authorities to search Baldwin’s phone. The warrant stated officials were looking to obtain text messages, call logs, and photos. It also sought to seize any private messages from social media platforms relating to the “Rust” film. Additionally, it allowed authorities to acquire any deleted photos and messages on the phone that are related to the movie.
Alec Baldwin’s lawyer, Aaron Dyer said in a statement “A phone contains a person’s entire life, and personal information needs to be protected.”
He continues, “While they evaluate the phone information, we hope that the authorities continue to focus on how the live rounds got on the set in the first place.”
On Friday, The New York Post spoke to legal experts regarding Baldwin and his cell phone. Criminal defense lawyer Kevin Kearon explains, “If he deleted text messages or call records then he would face the possibility of criminal contempt.” The lawyer added, “Or if there are personal messages, for example, between he and his wife, it’s not shocking that he wouldn’t want them in the public domain.”
Alec Baldwin Calls Out News Reports
Baldwin criticized the credibility of news sources that suggest he may not be cooperating with authorities. “The only way we can honor the death of Halyna Hutchins is to find out the truth; that’s what I’m working towards. Insisting on. Demanding. Any suggestion that I’m not complying is a lie,” he says.
Baldwin is also facing multiple lawsuits related to the death of Halyna Hutchins.