Alec Baldwin still hasn’t turned over his cell phone to authorities investigating the fatal shooting of cinematographer Helena Hutchins on the set of his movie “Rust” back in October, despite a valid search warrant for the device. Baldwin’s civil attorney claimed on Thursday that the phone “is being turned over this week,” which would indicate the sheriff will get the phone sometime today, but we’ll have to wait and see if that pans out.
Meanwhile, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year old armorer on the set of the independent film, alleges in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday that Baldwin skipped a firearms training session during the film’s production; one that directly related to the cross-draw he was supposedly practicing when his revolver fired.
The lawsuit says Gutierrez-Reed asked Baldwin to schedule the training on October 15, less than a week before the fatal shooting but she never heard back from the actor.
A lawyer representing Baldwin didn’t immediately respond Thursday to Insider’s request for comment. New Mexico authorities have issued a search warrant for Baldwin’s phone as part of their investigation.
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawsuit says she was not inside the mock church when Baldwin shot the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the afternoon of October 21 because she believed that no gun-related rehearsing was underway. The suit adds that she also knew the film set’s COVID-19 protocols advised against a large number of people crowding inside an enclosed space.
The lawsuit says no one called Gutierrez-Reed back into the church when Baldwin began rehearsing the scene, which involved a cross draw, even though her presence was required for any gun-related filming or rehearsing.
“Hannah did not see the weapon, nor did she have custody of it for approximately 15 minutes,” the lawsuit says.
Inside that 15-minute window, Baldwin began practicing a “cross-draw,” in which he would grab the gun from his shoulder holster with his opposite hand and withdraw it, the lawsuit says.Hutchins also directed Baldwin to point the firearm in her direction during that window, the lawsuit says. It adds that Gutierrez-Reed would have never permitted Baldwin to point the firearm at Hutchins had she been inside the church.