Alec Baldwin’s Cell Phone Target of New Search Warrant in ‘Rust’ Case
Authorities asked for his iPhone “due to conversations” between a detective and the actor “being conducted through ‘iMessages.'”
A search warrant was issued for actor Alec Baldwin’s cell phone Thursday, nearly two months after a shooting on the New Mexico set of “Rust” killed the film’s cinematographer and injured its director, court documents show.
In an affidavit filed in Santa Fe Magistrate Court, authorities asked for the iPhone “due to conversations between affiant and Alec Baldwin being conducted through ‘iMessages.'”
The affiant is identified as a violent crimes detective with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department. The documents do not provide additional details about the conversations.
A representative for Baldwin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Baldwin was holding a Colt .45 on Oct. 21 when it fired, killing Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounding Joel Souza, 48.
Remember, during his ABC interview … Alec said he’s sure he’s not responsible for Halyna’s death, although he wouldn’t say who was. District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies begged to differ though … saying neither Baldwin nor anyone else who had contact with the weapon was in the clear yet. She stressed the investigation was ongoing.
In the docs, cops say they’re trying to gather information about the production from before filming started. They clearly feel Alec’s emails and/or texts might contain some of that data. When they asked for his phone, they were told to get a warrant.
One interesting anecdote about Hannah — during an interview with detectives, they say she said she didn’t believe anyone on the “Rust” production would be malicious enough to bring live ammo on the set.
That’s weird because, as we reported, her attorney told us he thinks someone sabotaged Hannah by intentionally mixing live rounds with dummy ammunition. The D.A.’s dismissed that theory.