Actor Alec Baldwin and a columnist for the New York Post have filed harassment complaints against each other after a Sunday confrontation in New York’s East Village.
According to the Post, Page Six gossip columnist Tara Palmeri approached Baldwin to ask him for a comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, when the actor said he wanted her to “choke to death.”
Post photographer G.N. Miller also told police that Baldwin called him a “coon” and a “drug dealer,” the report claimed.
“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,” Baldwin allegedly wrote on Twitter. “Ralston claims he’s ex NYPD!! That can’t be!!! Ex NYPD don’t become crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi!”
The Post reported that Baldwin had since deleted the tweets.
In a statement to TMZ, the 30 Rock star said that the allegation that he used a racial slur “is one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life.”
“I find it ironic that my foundation’s last grant was $50,000 to the Arthur Ashe Learning Center,” Baldwin tweeted on Monday morning.
Ashe was an African-American tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles before retiring in 1980.
Baldwin later retweeted someone who noted that a “donation to rich tennis pro’s foundation wouldn’t be evidence” that a racial slur was not used.
“If you want to paint a picture of me that is a denigrating picture, I’ve seen that,” Baldwin, who has a history of anger management problems, told Gothamist. “If you want to put words in my mouth…I’ve certainly had my moments. But this is not one of them. I don’t think I’ve ever uttered a racial epithet to someone in my lifetime.”
“The Post will stop at nothing — that’s what the Post is. Their function is to denigrate people, humiliate people, reduce people, make excuses for people who are their political partisans. It’s a highly biased, highly politisized group of people. However, I’m stunned that they would resort to that,” he added. “Even for the Post, this is a new low.”