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Alec Baldwin to return phone in “Rust” shooting investigation: lawyer

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LOS ANGELES – A lawyer for Alec Baldwin said Thursday the actor would hand over his cell phone as part of an investigation into the murder of a director of photography on the set of Western “Rust,” but police in New Mexico said it has yet to do so. receive the device.

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Baldwin’s attorney Aaron Dyer said he made a deal with New Mexico authorities to return the phone after steps were taken to protect the actor’s privacy on unrelated matters to the “Rust” survey.

“Sir. Baldwin’s phone is handed over this week for review,” Dyer said in a statement. Baldwin has continued to cooperate with the authorities, and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.

The comments followed a press release issued Thursday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that Baldwin had failed to comply with a search warrant asking him to hand over the phone and that a New Brunswick prosecutor Mexico was now working with the actor’s lawyer to get it.

“To date, the cell phone has not been handed over to the authorities,” the statement said.

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The Santa Fe detective leading the “Rust” investigation obtained the search warrant in December to examine text messages, emails and other information on Baldwin’s Apple iPhone.

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The detective said she applied for the warrant because suspects, victims and witnesses “often make and / or receive phone calls and / or messages before, during and / or after the commission of the crime (s).”

Baldwin said he was holding a gun on the set when it exploded during a rehearsal in October, firing a live bullet that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In a TV interview, Baldwin said he never pulled the trigger and denied responsibility for the shooting.

The New Mexico prosecutor overseeing the case said some people who handled guns on set could face criminal charges in connection with Hutchins’ death.

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