Text messages pulled from Alec Baldwin’s cellphone within the days and weeks following the lethal taking pictures whereas filming the film “Rust” point out the actor was involved the incident was the results of potential sabotage and questioned the Santa Fe Sheriff Department’s potential to correctly examine that angle.
The Baldwin textual content messages had been amongst a trove of investigative gadgets publicly launched by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department on Friday in a 551-page doc that additionally contained beforehand launched forensic experiences, search warrant affidavits, investigator logs and witness statements.
Baldwin’s cellphone was turned over months after the deadly October 2021 taking pictures of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins throughout a rehearsal for the film, which was being filmed close to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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According to a supplemental report inside the case file, in a December textual content message thread, Baldwin suggested Halyna’s husband Matt Hutchins “Important for you to keep in mind: The Santa Fe Sheriffs office may lack both the skill and the will to properly investigate the sabotage angle. I’m told their agenda is to write it off as an accident and throw it to the civil courts.”
“I dismissed the sabotage claim initially. But not know (sic). I hope these NM have the sense to follow it through,” Baldwin continued, telling Matt Hutchins that his attorneys offered “certain anomalies” from the day of the taking pictures.
Earlier this month, Baldwin filed a lawsuit in California towards a number of people related to the “Rust” movie, in response to a cross-complaint obtained by CNN.
Baldwin informed Matt Hutchins in one other textual content, “the gun WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE FIRED in that camera angle. It was an angle on the gun being drawn and … cut. That set up did not call for the gun to shoot AT ALL. I told him that Halyna and I had something important in common. We both believed the gun was empty.”
In one other message, despatched two days after the taking pictures, Baldwin despatched a message to his assistant saying, “I have to delete my archive.”
The report provides: “There is no further details on the meaning of this message.”
“The email is irrelevant to this matter,” Baldwin lawyer Luke Nikas informed CNN. “Mr. Baldwin was referring to his Twitter archive, which he has long considered deleting. He fully preserved all records related to ‘Rust’ and turned them over to the authorities nearly a year ago.”
In one investigative report launched Friday, a detective described Baldwin as cooperative within the chaotic moments after the deadly taking pictures. Asked by authorities if he could be keen to provide a press release, Baldwin reportedly informed deputies, “I will do whatever you tell me to do.”
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The Sheriff’s full investigative case file has been turned over to the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office, who will decide whether or not to file costs within the case.