Alec Baldwin is making headlines after an alleged run-in with a pesky photographer early Tuesday morning. Baldwin reportedly became enraged when a cameraman took photos of the star and his fiancee — yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas — as they picked up a marriage license in Manhattan.
Shortly after the incident, the Emmy Award-winning actor told PBS personality Charlie Rose that he didn’t hit anyone and the photographer was actually the aggressor. Baldwin insists he was defending himself.
The actor’s rep released the following statement following the incident:
“As Alec and his fiancÃ©e were leaving City Hall, a ‘civilian’ walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple. 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.”
Alec himself tweeted of the encounter:
“A “photographer” almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded”
A few hours after the incident, Baldwin told Rose:
“The guy — there was a person in front of me and he was blocking him. And the guy lunged and almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera. So I just pushed the guy away. But of course they all make it like I – my favorite line was from (the movie) John Malkovich — ‘(The paparazzi) all screamed like they’re political prisoners.'”
This isn’t the first time Alec’s relationship with the paps has courted controversy. In 2010, the 30 Rock found himself caught up in a similar incident with a photographer outside his New York City apartment.
Another public relations nightmare followed in 2011, when Alec earned himself a boot from an American Airlines aircraft for playing the iPad game “Words with Friends” while the plane was still parked at the gate.
Apparently, the outspoken liberal was smack dab in the middle of a very important matchup when he was “rudely” interrupted by a flight attendant.