Baldwin Denies Claims He Assaulted Photographer
By JACKIE WILLIS
February 18, 2013
The feud continues between Alec Baldwin and photographers. The New York Post reported that the 30 Rock actor verbally assaulted one of their black photographers on Sunday, calling the man a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" outside Baldwin's East Village home. Cops were reportedly asked to intervene but the actor is adamantly denying such claims made by the publication.
The photographer who was reportedly assaulted is G.N. Miller, a "decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post." In a series of tweets, the 54-year-old explained his side of the story, writing: "My publicist has just informed me that the 'photographer' from the Post is claiming I called him a racial epithet, prior to calling the cops. ... That's kind of magical thinking, isn't it? The Post accusing me of racism"
Then, just this morning, the actor tweeted jokingly: "Fox TV reporter followed me down street, walking my dogs. He tripped and fell. My doorman said, 'I'm your witness! You didn't push him!'"
Baldwin also spoke with the Gothamist to get his side out, telling the site, "This guy was right up in my face as I crossed University Place. I get to the other side of the street, and he bumped into me. He banged into me with his shoulder, because he was right on top of me with the camera. In my mind, it was deliberate. I've had that happen before. It happens sometimes, because they want to bait you, they want you to do something."
He continues, "I want to say on the record that I've had a lot of experience with this, and I've never had someone do it as blatantly as him. He was within inches of my face with the lens, antagonizing me." He said he told Miller, "Don't f*** with me," to which Miller responded, "You don't want to f*** with me man, you don't want to f*** with me. I'm too big for you."
Meanwhile, the reporter, Tara Palmeri, on the scene -- who was asking Baldwin about a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, and her work at her NYC yoga studio-- says the actor also grabbed her by the arm and said, "I want you to choke to death." Palmeri reportedly recorded the altercation.
Though Baldwin admits to saying this, his telling of the incident is a little different. He tells the Gothamist, "[Palmeri] came up to me with a big smile, a big loopy look on her face. She said, 'Is there anything you want to say to us?' A very anemic question. I put my hand on her shoulder very lightly. I was really sweet. And I said, 'Yes actually, I want you to choke to death.' And I cross the street and I laugh. And maybe people don't find that funny, that's okay."
The 30 Rock star appears to have been cleared of charges involving the alleged racial slur, because there was apparently nothing like that said on a tape of the incident. Also, a witness of the account has reportedly come forward in defense of Baldwin.
This isn't Baldwin's first run-in with the media. Back in June 2012, he lunged at New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos outside New York City’s Marriage License Bureau.