‘Alec did nothing wrong’: Lawyer confirms Baldwin’s decision to give phone to police

Over the course of the past three months, actor Alec Baldwin has been at the center of an investigation into a fatal shooting on the set of his latest movie.

Although Baldwin had apparently been reticent to turn over his cellphone to investigators in New Mexico, a new report suggests he will comply with the search warrant later this week.

“Continued to cooperate”

According to Fox News, Baldwin’s attorney Aaron Dyer offered the latest update in the developing saga. He noted that the decision to hand over the device came after negotiations with authorities.

“We reached an agreement last weekend with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office, and Mr. Baldwin’s phone is being turned over this week for review,” Dyer said.

The actor reportedly fired a prop gun on Oct. 21 as filming continued on the film Rust in Santa Fe County. News soon followed that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured as a result.

Although Baldwin has faced accusations that he has impeded the investigation, Dyer insisted that this was not the case, adding: “Ever since this tragic incident, Mr. Baldwin has continued to cooperate with the authorities, and any suggestion to the contrary is simply untrue.”

In fact, the defense attorney asserted that Baldwin’s legal team “requested that the authorities obtain a warrant so that we could protect his privacy on other matters unrelated to ‘Rust’ and have been working through that process.”

“Voluntarily provided his phone”

As it stood at the time of his statement, Dyer claimed that lawyers “are finalizing logistics with the authorities in New York who are assisting in this matter.”

The attorney’s remarks came shortly after the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office released a statement confirming that Baldwin had not yet turned over his cellphone.

On Friday, the office confirmed that authorities in Suffolk County, New York, had received the device and would be sending it to New Mexico after an examination.

“Alec voluntarily provided his phone to the authorities this morning so they can finish their investigation,” Dyer said. “But this matter isn’t about his phone, and there are no answers on his phone. Alec did nothing wrong.”

It remains to be seen whether any of the information recovered from Baldwin’s phone will shed any light on the tragic narrative that has captured much of the nation’s attention in recent months.

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