The actor Alec Baldwin has been hit with a search warrant for his cell phone, according to a search warrant affidavit signed Thursday.
On a movie set in October, Baldwin discharged a live round from a prop gun, wounding the film’s director and killing its cinematographer, Halnya Hutchins.
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The sheriff’s office in Sante Fe County, New Mexico, searched Hutchins’s phone after her death, according to the affidavit. The sheriff reportedly asked to searched Baldwin’s phone, but Baldwin’s team told the sheriff to find a warrant.
On Thursday, the sheriff finally obtained the warrant from a New Mexico judge… and the court documents tell all.
According to document, the sheriff investigated the shooting by interviewing both Baldwin himself and some crew members, like the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
Before the shooting, Baldwin had been emailing Gutierrez-Reed about what kind of gun to use on set, according to the affidavit. Baldwin told investigators that he’d asked Gutierrez-Reed for bigger guns. He settled on a “period” Colt with a brown handle.
Gutierrez-Reed reportedly wasn’t allowed near the guns for much of the day, due to social distancing rules.
She reportedly checked the gun immediately after the shooting. The affidavit says, “She checked the cartridge which would have been the one fired and said the first one she pulled out didn’t have ‘that’ (pointing to the projectile end of a bullet).” She identified the other bullets as dummy rounds.
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Gutierrez-Reed “did not believe anyone on the film set would be that malicious to bring live ammo onto the set,” according to the affidavit.
Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in December that he “didn’t pull the trigger.” He also said that someone else had put the live round into the gun.
The sheriff has yet to report on any findings from Baldwin’s phone.
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