‘Rust’ investigative case file details Alec Baldwin’s text messages after fatal shooting



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Text messages taken from Alec Baldwin’s phone in the days and weeks after the fatal shooting while filming the movie “Rust” indicate the actor was concerned the incident was the result of possible sabotage and question the ability of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department to properly investigate this angle.

Baldwin’s text messages were among a set of investigative items released Friday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department in a 551-page document that also contained previously released forensic reports, search warrant affidavits, investigator records and witness statements.

Baldwin’s phone was turned in months after the October 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a rehearsal for the film, which was being filmed near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Bodycam video shows chaotic moments after ‘Rust’ filming

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According to an additional report in the file, in a December text message, Baldwin advised Halyna’s husband, Matt Hutchins, “It’s important for you to note: The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office may not have the ‘ability and willingness to properly investigate the sabotage. angle. I’m told their agenda is to write it off as an accident and throw it into the civil courts.”

“I dismissed the sabotage claim initially. But I don’t know (sic). I hope these NMs have the sense to follow through on it,” Baldwin continued, telling Matt Hutchins that his lawyers presented “certain anomalies” since the day of the shooting

Earlier this month, Baldwin filed a lawsuit in California against several people associated with the movie “Rust,” according to a cross-complaint obtained by CNN.

Baldwin told Matt Hutchins in another text, “the gun SHOULD NEVER BE FIRED at this camera angle. It was an angle of the gun being drawn and… cutting. This montage does not asking for the gun to fire at all. I told him that Halyna and I had something important in common. We both thought the gun was empty.”

In another message, sent two days after the shooting, Baldwin texted his assistant saying, “I have to delete my file.”

The report added: “There are no further details about the meaning of this message.”

“The email is irrelevant to this matter,” Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, told CNN. “Mr. Baldwin was referring to his Twitter archive, which he has long considered deleting. He completely preserved all records related to ‘Rovell’ and turned them over to authorities almost a year ago.”

In an investigative report released Friday, a detective described Baldwin as cooperative in the chaotic moments after the fatal shooting. When asked by authorities if he would be willing to make a statement, Baldwin told deputies, “I’ll do whatever you tell me to do.”

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Attorney for what investigators might be looking for in Baldwin’s phone

The complete case file from the sheriff’s investigation has been turned over to the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to file charges in the case.

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