Alec Baldwin surrenders phone to investigators of 'Rust' shooting

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Alec Baldwin speaks during the 2021 RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at New York Hilton Midtown on December 09, 2021 in New York City. Photo credit Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Actor Alec Baldwin turned his cell phone over to authorities on Friday, allowing investigators to search certain calls, text messages, and other data for information related to the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyn Hutchins on the set of Rust in October.

Baldwin surrendered the phone and disclosed its password to the Suffolk County Police Department near his home in the Hamptons on Long Island, according to The New York Times. Investigators in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, where the shooting took place, issued a warrant for the phone nearly a month ago.

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Under an agreement between investigators and Baldwin’s attorney, data on the phone will first be reviewed by Suffolk County authorities before relevant information is shared with those in New Mexico.

The search encompasses texts, emails, call logs, voice mail messages, digital images, and browser history information between June 1 and Dec. 5 of last year, and excludes any communications between Baldwin and his wife or legal representation.

“Mr. Baldwin has a right to privacy regarding the contents of the iPhone, as well as regarding communications with his attorneys and with his spouse,” the agreement said.

Baldwin remains one of the targets of New Mexico’s investigation into the Oct. 21 death of Hutchins. Moments before she was shot, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene with her and Rust director Joel Souza, during which time he practiced a “cross draw” maneuver with an antique Colt revolver, pointed it in Hutchins’ direction, and the gun went off. A live round killed Hutchins and wounded Souza.

Baldwin claimed in a December television interview that he did not pull the trigger.

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