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Alec Baldwin finally surrenders cellphone to police in ‘Rust’ probe

Alec Baldwin turned his cellphone over to New Mexico police Friday — nearly a month after they secured a warrant for the device following a fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust,” according to a report. The Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office said it has the 63-year-old actor’s cellphone, which is believed to contain information about the prop-gun shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October, according to ABC News. The handover comes one day after the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release, “to date, the cell phone has not been turned over to authorities.” Police in New Mexico got a warrant for the cellphone on Dec. 16 and the case’s lead detective quickly notified Baldwin’s attorney, police said. But Baldwin failed to turn it over for weeks, forcing Santa Fe authorities to team up with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office on Long Island last week to get it. On Jan. 8, the actor posted an Instagram video claiming he simply wanted his private communications protected. “Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders, or search warrants about my phone, that’s bulls—. That’s a lie,” Baldwin said in the video. “It’s a process that takes time. They have to specify what exactly they want. They just can’t go through your phone and take, you know, your photos or your love letters to your wife or whatever,” Baldwin said. “But, of course, we are 1,000 percent going to comply with all that. We’re, you know, perfectly fine with that.” The “30 Rock” actor added that he and his lawyer attorney were following a process when authorities request evidence from a subject who lives out of state. Baldwin shot Hutchins on the set of Western flick on Oct. 21, and later said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos he didn’t pull the trigger. Investigators also want to seize texts, photos, videos, emails and internet browser histories from the star’s phone, according to the warrant.

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