Baldwin says suggestion he is not helping shooting investigation a ‘lie’
Alec Baldwin on Saturday said any suggestion that he is not helping with the investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of his movie, “Rust,” is a “lie.”
“Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s bullshit. That’s a lie,” Baldwin said in a video posted on Instagram.
Baldwin was holding a gun on the set of “Rust” in October when it fired a “suspected live round,” killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, according to authorities.
An investigation is underway probing the fatal shooting on set in New Mexico. The Santa Fe sheriff’s department issued a search warrant for Baldwin’s phone last month to recover any evidence related to the investigation into Hutchins’s death.
Baldwin has argued that he did not pull the trigger of the gun. He also said he was under the impression that the firearm was “cold,” which means that it did not contain any explosive charges.
The actor on Saturday said the process of cooperating with the investigation “takes time,” but reiterated that he is “one thousand percent going to comply with all that.”
“This is a process where one state makes the request of another state. Someone from another state, 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,” he said.
“They’re gonna go through the state you live in, that is a process that takes time. They have to specify what exactly they want. Can’t just go through your phone and take, you know, your photos or your letters to your wife or what have you. I really don’t know, but of course, we are one thousand percent going to comply with all that, we’re perfectly fine with that,” he added.
Later in the video, he again called out claims that he is not cooperating with the probe, asserting that he is working with authorities. He said finding out the truth is the “only way” to honor the death of Hutchins.
“I’m working toward insisting on demanding that the organizations involved in this investigation do everything in their power, everything in their power, to find out what really happened. That’s all that matters,” Baldwin said.
“The best way to honor the death of Halyna Hutchins is to find out the truth, and any suggestion that we’re not complying, myself and any lawyers I’m working with or what have you, is a lie. It’s a lie. As soon as we go this process then, by all means, we will comply,” he added.
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