It has been two and a half months since actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of the film Rust.
While Baldwin insists the tragedy was an accident and continues to deny any guilt, his actions since have raised suspicions.
The shooting occurred in New Mexico, and The Daily Wire reports that authorities from the state have decided to issue a warrant for Baldwin’s phone.
“Give me this, give me that”
The Daily Wire noted that the veteran Hollywood actor has yet to comply with the warrant, and instead posted a video to Instagram on Saturday in which he claimed he is fully cooperating with the investigation.
“Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s bulls***, that’s a lie,” Baldwin insisted in the video.
He then suggested that the delay in surrendering his phone was simply stemmed from jurisdictional issues. “This is a process where one state makes the request of another state,” he said, according to The Daily Wire.
“Someone from another state can’t come to you and say, ‘Give me your phone. Give me this, give me that.’ They can’t do that. They have to go through the state you live in,” Baldwin added.
“That is a process that takes time, they have to specify what exactly they want,” the actor said. “They can’t just go through your phone and take your photos or your love letters to your wife, or what have you.”
Actor’s behavior raises questions
Baldwin also declared in the video that he and his legal team “are one thousand percent going to comply with all that. We’re perfectly fine with that.”
The actor’s outburst may have been triggered by a recent New York Post story in which a former prosecutor for the Nassau District Attorney’s Office suggested that Baldwin’s reluctance to surrender his device could be motivated by the presence of incriminating information.
“It’s not consistent with his pledge early on to cooperate with law enforcement,” Kevin Kearon explained to the Post. “It certainly looks suspicious to the average person,” he said.
“If he deleted text messages or call records then he would face the possibility of criminal contempt,” Kearon added.