Story that Sparked Baldwin's Rant Removed from Web
July 01, 2013
The story alleging that Alec Baldwin's wife Hilaria was tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral last week has been removed from the web after The Daily Mail admitted the story was factually incorrect.
The story led the 30 Rock star to go on a blistering profanity-laden Twitter rant that was later criticized by gay groups for being homophobic. Baldwin and his wife both denied the alleged facts in the story and Alec's anger was directed at the Daily Mail reporter who wrote the story, George Stark, whom he referred to as a "toxic little queen."
In a statement over the weekend, a rep for the U.K.-based Daily Mail admitted the story was not correct. "We accept Mrs Baldwin's assertions that she did not Tweet from the funeral and apologize for any distress caused," the statement said. "But this was a genuine misunderstanding caused by a baffling defect in the Twitter platform and we would also call on Mr. Baldwin to withdraw his homophobic and threatening remarks."
Baldwin issued an apology on Friday to the gay rights group GLAAD. "My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend's funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize."