Alec Baldwin is not doing himself any favors by taking to social media to rant about his legal troubles surrounding the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin, 63, “was holding a prop gun during a rehearsal and cocked it before it discharged on the set of his film, Rust, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza,” Breitbart reported. As police were still investigating the incident, Baldwin maintained it was an accident, the outlet added.
As the investigation into the shooting continued, the actor filmed himself behind the wheel of a parked car and released the video on his Instagram account, insisting that he was cooperating with the police. “Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone — that’s bullsh*t, that’s a lie,” he alleged, according to HuffPo.
In a bizarre rant Alec Baldwin just compared his shooting of his cinematographer to Jan 6 and seemed to blame both on ‘right wing hate’ pic.twitter.com/BHrIdxugHy
— Wag the Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 8, 2022
Law enforcement officials in New Mexico beg to differ with Baldwin’s account. They have been seeking the actor’s cooperation in turning over his cell phone. The Sante Fe Sheriff took action by getting the New York Police Department involved.
The Los Angeles Times reported that law enforcement authorities in New Mexico, where the shooting took place, have asked for help from authorities in New York, where Baldwin has a residence, in retrieving his mobile phone. “The Sheriff’s Office does not have physical possession of the phone,” Santa Fe County Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said. “The phone is in New York with Mr. Baldwin.”
Baldwin claimed his delay in turning over his phone is the result of bureaucratic red tape. “This is a process where one state makes the request of another state. 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. That is a process that takes time, they have to specify what exactly they want. They can’t just go through your phone and take your photos or your love letters to your wife, or what have you,” he said.
“We are one thousand percent going to comply with all that. We’re perfectly fine with that,” Baldwin added. “Regardless of what they say in the right-wing rag sheets and people who are all about hate. Um, but setting aside all the hate…setting aside all the January 6th of it all.”
Baldwin also directly criticized the New York Post, which published a story that included expert opinions that Baldwin’s reluctance to turn over his phone could indicate that it contains potentially incriminating evidence. The Post reported that investigators believe Baldwin’s phone contains key information.
It’s important to note that other actors associated with the “Rust” movie set have voluntarily turned over their cell phones to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department. Making matters worse for Baldwin, Mamie Mitchell, the script supervisor, has sued the New York-based actor.
Mitchell’s attorney, Gloria Allred, told reporters that no rehearsal was in progress when Baldwin drew a revolver from his holster and pointed it toward the camera. Mitchell’s lawsuit alleges that the scenes scheduled to be rehearsed and filmed that day did not call for a gun to be discharged.
“It was not in the script. So why that happened when it was not in the script — more evidence will need to be deduced as to why that happened,” Allred said. “We have some information but without having it confirmed, we don’t want to release it or speculate about it, but one thing is certain: That gun should not have been discharged.”