NEW YORK: Actor Alec Baldwin has had another unfortunate run-in with the media.
After the incident on Monday involving both a New York Post photographer and reporter, the photographer and Baldwin, 54, went to the police to file harassment charges against the other.
The subsequent New York Post article, called ‘Alec fast & slur-ious’, reports that Baldwin “called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a “crackhead” and a “drug dealer” during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.”
The Post reporter, Tara Palmeri, had approached the actor at as he was walking his dog near his home. After she asked him “to comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor,” he grabbed her by the arm and said, “I want you to choke to death,” Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation.
The Post photographer, 56-year-old G.N. Miller — “a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post” –snapped a photo of the 30 Rock star grabbing his colleague’s arm, providing the impetus for Baldwin’s verbal unpleasantries, including calling Miller “a coon” and “a drug dealer”, according to Miller’s police statement.
“At one point,” reports the Post, “Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he’s a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as ‘fake.’”
Both Miller and Baldwin filed harassment suits.
A representative for Baldwin told CNN and other news agencies on Monday that “The accusations are completely false,” and the specific claim of Baldwin using racially charged language as being “one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life.”
According to The Post Baldwin tweeted the following minutes after the run-in:
“Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post “photographer’’ who assaulted me,’’ he tweeted.
In another post, Baldwin referred to Miller, for unknown reasons, as “Ralston,” writing, “Moments after I tweet about the Post, Ralston, the ex-crackhead ‘photographer’ shows up at my door w 1 of Murdoch’s nieces in tow.”
He added, “Ralston claims he’s ex NYPD!! That can’t be!!! Ex NYPD don’t become crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi!”
The tweets are no longer visible in Baldwin’s Twitter feed.
An exclusive report by TMZ on Monday says that: “New info on the audio tape of the confrontation between Baldwin and the Post photog. Sources tell us … there is NO mention of a racial slur on the tape.”