Alec Baldwin has handed over his cell phone to authorities investigating the fatal shooting of a cameraman on the “Rest” film set nearly a month after a warrant was issued for the device.
The American actor was holding a Colt pistol during a rehearsal for the western filmed in New Mexico in October when it fired a live round, killing Halyna Hutchins.
Police are investigating why live ammunition was on set and asked for Baldwin’s phone in mid-December because “there may be evidence on the phone” that “could be material and relevant to this investigation”.
Mr. Baldwin’s iPhone has been handed over to police in New York’s Suffolk County, where he has a home.
They will collect information from the device and provide their findings to New Mexico officials, a spokesman for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office told AFP.
The sheriff’s office has not yet received the details to be retrieved from Mr Baldwin’s phone, the spokesman said.
Researchers have said they wanted to check out text messages and emails sent to and from Baldwin — a producer and actor on “Rest” — about the project.
The search warrant for his phone said Baldwin exchanged emails with the film’s gun master about the type of weapon that would be used in the scene.
Correspondence with Baldwin’s attorney and his wife on the phone will not be transferred, pursuant to an agreement between Mr. Baldwin and the Santa Fe District Attorney.
The sheriff’s office previously said negotiations over “jurisdictional issues” had held up the transfer of the phone.
Mr Baldwin posted a walking video this weekend in which he insisted the claims that he was not complying with the investigation were “a lie”.
Prosecutors have not yet filed criminal charges for the tragedy and have declined to rule out charges against all involved, including Mr Baldwin.
Mr Baldwin has said he was told the gun did not contain live ammunition, was instructed by Hutchins to point the gun in her direction and did not pull the trigger.
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