On Thursday, a judge approved a police search warrant for Alec Baldwin’s iPhone after he shot cameraman Halina Hutchins on October 21 while filming Rust in New Mexico.
“Affiant is requesting a seizure and search warrant for Alec Baldwin’s cell phone to search for any evidence regarding the investigation into Galina Hutchins’ death,” the sheriff’s office said. Alexandria Hancock on a warrant (pdf) approved by the Santa Fe court.
“Affiant believes there may be evidence over the phone that people have used cell phones during and / or after the crime (s). Such information, if it exists, may be material and relevant to this investigation. Affiant also learned that in the course of the interview, several emails and text messages were sent and received regarding the production of Rust.
Under the warrant, the female partner is currently a violent crime detective in the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department of Criminal Investigation and has four years of experience in law enforcement.
Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to hospital after the shooting and died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The 48-year-old director of Rust, Joel Sousa, received emergency treatment at a separate hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Baldwin, 63, said he was told that the antique pistol he was given to rehearse the scene on October 21 was not loaded. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired on December 2, Baldwin, the film’s producer, said he didn’t pull the trigger on the gun when he fired.
“I didn’t pull the trigger,” he told Stephanopoulos. “I would never point a gun at anyone or pull the trigger. Never.”
When asked how the round ended on set, he replied, “I have no idea. Someone fired a combat bullet into the gun, a bullet that shouldn’t even have been on the territory. “
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but it’s not me,” he said.
Both Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, deleted their Twitter accounts a few days after the ABC interview. They are still active on Instagram.
The approval of the search warrant comes about a week after Baldwin was first seen in public – he hosted the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Gala in New York.
Following the fatal shooting, Baldwin was sued by the writer and crew member in two separate lawsuits.