Alec Baldwin has made headlines again as he reportedly unleashed on a New York Daily News photographer. The “30 Rock” star was snapped mid launch at the photog outside the City Hall in New York City.
The name of the photographer in question is Marcus Santos. According to Santos, he was standing innocently with two other photographers when Baldwin came barreling at him.
“He was looking mad,” Santos told the Daily News. “He said, ‘Step back, step back.’ I said, ‘We’re moving back.’”
Santos claims he knew an attack was in his immediate future. Despite efforts to move out of the way, there was no stopping the actor from going Lifetime movie on him.
“I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming,” Santos said.
Allegedly, Santos was punched in the chin, along with being shoved and pushed. As you can imagine, the actor has a different take on the incident.
“A ‘photographer’ almost hit me in the face with the his camera this morning. #allpaparazzisshohuldbewaterboarded,” he tweeted.
First off… Leave it to a legend like Alec Baldwin to create one of the most epic hashtags in the history of Twitter.
“The photographer who assaulted me has (belatedly) gone to a hospital claiming injuries. Colin Myler and his NOTW scams come to NY...” he said.
A witness was on the scene by the name of Goran Veljic. According to the source, Baldwin was “crazy” and that he ran at the photographers who were standing away from him.
Alec and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas were at City Hall to pick up a marriage license for their upcoming wedding. According to the actor’s publicist, no punches were throw during the scuff, and the actor was just “protecting himself.”
“Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple,” the publicist said in a statement. “The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera.”
We’ll have to see how this one shakes out on a legal level. In the meantime, Alec retains a dark sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting:
“I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over...”