Photographer says Alec Baldwin hit him in NYC

Photographer says Alec Baldwin hit him in NYC

Credit: Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin attend the match between Serena Williams of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia during the Women's Singles Final on Day Fourteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Print
Email
|

by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 7:24 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Another anger mismanagement allegation has arisen against Alec Baldwin, this time on his way to the altar.

A newspaper photographer filed a complaint with police on Tuesday accusing the "30 Rock" star of punching him outside a marriage license bureau.

No charges had been filed, and the actor vehemently denied throwing any punches.

Daily News photographer Marcus Santos said that Baldwin became enraged as he and other photographers were snapping pictures of the 54-year-old actor and his fiancee, Hilaria Thomas, outside the lower Manhattan office where marriage licenses are obtained.

Santos told the newspaper, "I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming." He claimed the actor shoved him before punching him "one time, right in the chin."

A statement on Tuesday from Baldwin's publicist accused the photographer of being the aggressor.

As Baldwin and his fiancee were leaving, a person "walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple," the statement said. "The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera. There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself."

Photos on the newspaper's website (http://nydn.us/M3XinW) appear to show Baldwin shoving the photographer.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman confirmed the allegation was under investigation.

Last year, an American Airlines flight was delayed by Baldwin's refusal to stop playing a cellphone game. Baldwin later asked for forgiveness from fellow passengers but stopped short of apologizing to the airline or the flight attendant he later mocked on Twitter.

Baldwin posted Tuesday on Twitter: "A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning." He also said paparazzi should be "waterboarded."

Print
Email
|