Skip to comments.'Rust' Investigation Heats Up As Warrant Is Issued For Alec Baldwin's Phone
Posted on 12/17/2021 8:20:39 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
The investigation into exactly what happened on the set of the film Rust that led to a cinematographer's death is heating up. On Thursday, a search warrant was issued for actor Alec Baldwin’s cellphone.
According to an affidavit filed in Santa Fe Magistrate Court, authorities asked for the iPhone in order to examine conversations between Alec Baldwin and a violent crimes detective with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.
The new development comes just weeks after Alec Baldwin's widely viewed ABC interview in which he said he never pulled the trigger. Baldwin claims that he was holding the Colt .45 while cinematographer Halyna Hutchins directed him to point it toward her. The gun went off, he says, killing Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
Baldwin's attorney, Aaron Dyer, said he believes that the investigation into the conversations will only help to prove the actor's innocence. “We proactively requested that the authorities obtain a warrant so that we could take steps to protect Mr. Baldwin’s family and personal information that is clearly unrelated to the investigation,” Dyer said in a statement. “A phone contains a person’s entire life, and personal information needs to be protected. 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.”
At this point in the investigation, it's tough to tell who will end up bearing the responsibility in the shooting death. Authorities say assistant director Dave Halls handed Baldwin the gun before incorrectly yelling out, "Cold gun." However, Halls’ lawyer, Lisa Torraco, has said that her client was not the one to hand the actor the gun.
Halls' attorney has also maintained that it is not the assistant director's job to check guns and ensure they do not have live rounds. That would be the job of the set's armorer, or weapons specialist. That person is 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, whose attorneys have suggested that someone tried to sabotage the movie by bringing a live round to the set.
Gutierrez-Reed told an investigator that no live ammunition “is ever kept on set.” She has also said that she checked the gun and made sure it was "not hot" before going on a lunch break and that very few people had access to the weapons.
In Baldwin's ABC interview, the actor said that he is not personally responsible and he does not feel guilt over the incident, but that "someone is responsible." He also said that the accident is the worst thing to ever happen in his life. He expressed sadness and empathy for Hutchins' family, especially her young son, who is now left without a mother.
He doesn’t feel guilt?! He pulled the trigger. The End. Anyone with an ounce of sanity or conscience would be groaning with guilt.
His whining and squirming will be an ongoing source of amusement for the next year or two. I am looking forward to it.
There is no way the defense will be able to demonstrate how that pistol could have fired without either trigger action or trigger and fanning action.
And where was the required ballistic shield for the camera crew that would have stopped the bullet?
The person holding the gun when it was fired?
He lost it in a boating accident
This is not gonna be unraveled until Raymond Burr gets involved.
There must be real internal politics going on. The local pols don’t want to lose the movie business. The Soros DA of course wants to let him off. But some detectives won’t let it go and finally got a warrant from a judge who isn’t also corrupt. Must be some real back room strife going on.
Any normal person would have been arrested the same day or within a week. Negligent homicide.
Yes. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I’ll bet they could sell any trial on pay-per-view.
Tough call? Really? Off the top of my head, I don't know, HOW ABOUT THE GUY WHO SHOT HER?
Wait, no, they're leftists. They'll blame the gun, the ammo, who-ever brought the ammo on set, the armorer, the gun manufacturer, the victim herself for the direction... Anything, anyone except their protected boy Alec. Nooo he can't be responsible. Gosh, can't you see how sorry he is, how bad he feels? He's the real victim here!
Sadly not satire, that is how it is being spun.
It took almost two months to get a warrant for his cell phone? If it were any of us, they’d probably have our cell phones within hours.
Halyna Hutchins didn’t kill herself.
He said he never pulled the trigger. Regardless, he was holding the gun. EOFS! Next step? Call for more gun control.
Has the condition of the actual pistol in question been determined?
“I’ll bet they could sell any trial on pay-per-view.”
It’s not worth that much time to me, but I would go for a 1 hour PPV special. :-)
Lightning fast action by law enforcement!
No one has said where Baldwin was in the hours before he killed her. Why is there no time line of that day and from the day that the gun and ammunition first arrived on the set.
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