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Alec Baldwin turns phone over to authorities in fatal Rust shooting investigation

Actor Alec Baldwin appears before a speaking event. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Alec Baldwin turns phone over to authorities in fatal Rust shooting investigation

Asher Notheis January 14, 08:26 PMJanuary 14, 08:27 PM

Actor Alec Baldwin turned his phone over to Long Island police Friday morning, almost a month after authorities investigating the fatal shooting on the set of Rust secured a warrant for the device.

The phone is in the possession of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, which will “conduct the extraction of the data” before handing it off to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman told the New York Post.

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“There will be some exempt information that’s not considered pertinent to the investigation, such as attorney-client privilege material, communications between Mr. Baldwin and his attorney as well as spousal privileged information,” Juan Rios, the public information officer for the Santa Fe County sheriff, added.

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On Thursday, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office shared an update with the Washington Examiner, saying the phone had not been turned over to authorities. Investigators are trying to learn about the circumstances of Baldwin rehearsing with a gun containing a live round that killed the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza in New Mexico in mid-October.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Baldwin did not give his phone to the authorities when the warrant was sent out Dec. 16, leading the office to reach out to the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office. On Dec. 20, the sheriff’s office was advised that the district attorney’s office was in negotiations with Baldwin’s attorney “to obtain consent to retrieve the phone and its contents.”

Baldwin, 63, said in an Instagram video posted Jan. 8 that the claims that he is not complying with authorities were “bulls***” and “a lie.” He insisted the process “takes time” and involves cooperation with authorities where he lives.

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The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Rust’s ammunition supplier. The suit claims Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm & Prop, mixed live and dummy rounds on set and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and more.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to the Washington Examiner‘s latest request for comment.

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