Actor Alec Baldwin, accused of causing the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of the movie Rust, was judicially forced to hand over his iPhone to the authorities in charge of investigating the tragic event. 

Baldwin had resisted the initial request, and his lawyers said he would only turn himself in by court order, as Detective Alexandria Hancock put it in an affidavit attached to the search warrant, according to The Blaze on Dec. 16. 

Some observers find it odd that he was asked for his iPhone after nearly two months had passed since the tragic death of his cinematographer, noted Twitter account user @GsKrypto.

“Now if only he was a conservative the phone would have been seized unannounced and we would get all kind of non-related and embarrassing things leaked to the press for our entertainment in addition to any incriminating evidence,” he tweeted. 

A similar message was posted by netizen @politiconvict: “Apparently, if you are rich, famous and happen to end someone’s life due to alleged idiocy, then they may take month to take your phone away,” he wrote.

He added: “Maybe 2 deaths and he would have got sent to bed with no supper as well. Class privilege is the real privilege.” 

The nightmare Baldwin has been plunged into since firing the gun directly at Hutchins on Oct. 21, even though his script did not specify that he would do so, grows increasingly complicated. 

In statements he made during an interview with ABC magazine two weeks ago, Baldwin holds a different version than witnesses at the Bonanza Creek Ranch studios near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“The trigger was not pulled. I did not pull the trigger,” Baldwin reiterated to his interviewer, George Stephanopoulos, contradicting those who witnessed Hutchins’ fatal wounding and that of the director, Joel Souza, according to ABC Dec. 1.

He added: “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger, ever. Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.” The full interview will be released on Dec. 2. 

Despite eyewitnesses pointing against him, Baldwin holds a different version of events than others at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico, where the tragic events occurred.

Balwin, the film’s production company, and other directors and collaborators have been sued in connection with the tragedy. 

Script supervisor of the film Rust, Mamie Mitchell, said Baldwin’s actions were intentional.

“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired a loaded gun even though the scene to be filmed did not require cocking and firing a firearm,” she argues in her lawsuit, according to the Nov. 17 New York Post.

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