Alec Baldwin tweets: Photographers are 'chasing me'
Alec Baldwin slugged a Daily News photographer Tuesday morning outside of the city Marriage License Bureau in downtown Manhattan, according to a published report. And on Wednesday morning, the "30 Rock” actor claimed the drama was not over yet.
"15-20 cameramen outside my [building] this a.m., chasing me on my bike,” Baldwin tweeted. “They're knocking into ppl on the street, yelling 'Will you seek help, Alec?'"
Daily News photographer Marcus Santos said an angry-looking Baldwin approached him Tuesday and told him to move back. And even though Santos did move back, the photographer said Baldwin continued to come after him, shoving him and punching him in the chin.
Baldwin went on Twitter to explain his side of the story.
“A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning,” he wrote, including the hashtag #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded.
A New York Police Department spokeswoman confirmed the allegation was under investigation.
Baldwin and yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas are reportedly set to marry June 30 at a Little Italy church.
A statement on Tuesday from Baldwin's publicist accused the photographer of being the aggressor, The Associated Press reports.
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.”
Later Tuesday, Baldwin continued to vent on Twitter, referencing the Trayvon Martin incident. “I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over . . ."
He also attacked the Daily News' editor and his background at the now-shuttered British tabloid, News of the World. “The photographer who assaulted me has (belatedly) gone to a hospital claiming injuries. Colin Myler and his NOTW scams come to NY . . ."
A third tweet was slightly more inscrutable: “Ppl who work in the entertainment industry keep appts w the press on a regular basis. Paparazzi assaulting you on the street duznt count.”