“A judge on Thursday approved a police search warrant for Alec Baldwin’s iPhone after he was accused of having fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21 on the film set of “Rust” in New Mexico.
“Affiant is requesting a warrant for the seizure and search of Alec Baldwin’s cell phone to search for any evidence relating to the death investigation of Halyna Hutchins,” said Sheriff’s Office Det. Alexandria Hancock in the warrant (pdf), approved by a Santa Fe court.
“Affiant believes there may be evidence on the phone, due to individuals using cellular phones during and/or after the commission of crime(s). Such information, if it exists, may be material and relevant to this investigation. Affiant was also made aware there were several emails and text messages sent and received regarding the movie production ‘Rust’ in the course of interviews.”
Firearm experts both in and out of Hollywood have speculated that Alec Baldwin may face legal reprecussions for the shooting.
“Former filmmaker and former US National Shooting Team member Peter Lake put the blame on Baldwin.
“The buck stops with Alec Baldwin on every level,” he told The Post. “It looks very bad for him. At least the captain of the Titanic had the good sense to go down with the ship.”
“Clearly someone didn’t do their due diligence,” she said. “They should have been checking those guns to make sure there were no live rounds.”
LA defense attorney Denise Bohdan predicted that “anyone running that set will be sued.”
“Yes, Alec Baldwin was the main producer, but it might be found out that another producer did more to cut corners. I don’t think there will be anything as bad as a murder charge, but this is going to be a legal nightmare for Baldwin,” she said.”