Investigators say Alec Baldwin hasn’t turned over his phone

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Investigators say Alec Baldwin hasn't turned over his phone

Alec Baldwin still hasn’t turned over his cell phone to police nearly a month after New Mexico authorities secured a search warrant for the device following the fatal on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, police said Thursday. 

Investigators from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office want the phone because they believe it contains key conversations related to what led to the prop-gun death of Hutchins while on the set of “Rust” last October. 

In a news release Thursday, the office described the work they’ve taken to obtain the phone but said “to date, the cell phone has not been turned over to authorities.” 

Following the approval of the search warrant on Dec. 16 last year, the lead detective investigating the death notified Baldwin’s attorney of the warrant over email, who confirmed receipt of the document, police said.

When Baldwin, 63, failed to immediately turn over the phone pursuant to the warrant, the sheriff’s office got the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office involved, which said they were in negotiations with the actor’s attorney to get his consent to obtain the device and its contents. 

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is yet to surrender his cell phone to law enforcement despite vowing to cooperate with the investigation.
Jim Weber/The New Mexican

Last week, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office on Long Island, where Baldwin owns a home, said they received a request from Santa Fe authorities asking for help obtaining the phone, Sergeant Paul Spinella told The Post Thursday. 

Spinella explained they received the warrant from Santa Fe but because the laws in New Mexico are written differently than New York’s, the request was sent to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to determine its legality and how they can or cannot help. 

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t aware of where the matter stood early Thursday afternoon and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately return a request for comment. 

Moments before Hutchins was killed, Baldwin was practicing a “cross draw” with a revolver on the set of the doomed western after he’d been told the gun was not loaded and was safe for on-set use. He has claimed in interviews that he did not pull the trigger. 

Santa Fe Police
The Santa Fe police department has contacted the Suffolk County Sherriff’s office requesting assistance in obtaining Alec Baldwin’s cell phone.
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He insisted in an Instagram video Saturday that he was complying with the investigation and any suggestion that he isn’t is “bulls–t” and “a lie.” 

“This is a process where one state makes the request of another state,” he explained in the video. 

“It’s a process that takes time, they have to specify what they want. We are one thousand percent going to comply with all that.”

His attorney didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin was practicing a “cross draw” with the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. He says claims he is not cooperating with the investigation are “bulls–t.”
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