Fact Check: Alec Baldwin Was NOT Arrested For First-Degree Murder Or Possession Of Child Pornography

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Alec Baldwin Was NOT Arrested For First-Degree Murder Or Possession Of Child Pornography Fact Check: Alec Baldwin Was NOT Arrested For First-Degree Murder Or Possession Of Child Pornography No Charges

Was actor Alec Baldwin arrested for first-degree murder and the possession of child pornography? No, that's not true: The Santa Fe County, New Mexico, sheriff said on October 27, 2021, that no charges have been filed in connection with the "Rust" film set shooting. There is no evidence to suggest Baldwin has been arrested for the possession of child pornography. Also, the website that made the claim is known for creating fictional stories.

The claim appeared in a Conservative Beaver article on October 23, 2021, titled, "Alec Baldwin arrested for first-degree murder and possession of child pornography - media blackout" (archived here), which opened:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alec Baldwin and charged him with first-degree murder as well as possession of child pornography, and ordered a media blackout that has been approved by a judge. Outlets in the United States are temporarily banned from reporting on Baldwin's arrest.

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Alec Baldwin arrested for first-degree murder and possession of child pornography - media blackout - Conservative Beaver

Beaver ExclusiveThe Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alec Baldwin and charged him with first-degree murder as well as possession of child pornography, and ordered a media blackout

This is what the article looked like at the time of writing:

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A Google search using the keywords "Alec Baldwin arrested for possession of child pornography" produced no results. The Conservative Beaver story cited no source for its claim.

As of October 28, 2021, Baldwin has not been charged with any crime related to the shooting. In an October 27, 2021, news conference, reported by KOB 4, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, television station, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said about whether there were charges against any person on the film set, at 3:48 in the video:

In reference to possible charges, it's too early right now in the investigation to comment on charges at this point.

He continued at 4:09:

Otherwise, we will complete our investigation and forward the full investigation and evidence to the district attorney for review.

Conservative Beaver has a history of publishing false stories. Lead Stories has debunked several: here is an article debunking the Conservative Beaver claim that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a brother who was arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor. Here is another of our articles debunking the Conservative Beaver claim that the CEO of Disney was jailed on child sex abuse charges. Here are more Lead Stories articles debunking Conservative Beaver claims.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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