Alec Baldwin drops pants on 'Late Show' to 'change the subject'
Alec Baldwin dropped his pants on "The Late Show with David Letterman," joking that he would do anything to "change the subject" from his scuffle this week, with a Daily News photographer.
"You were talking about swimsuit season, correct?" Baldwin asked Letterman on the June 20 episode. "I've been trying to diet and I've lost so much weight that the problem is none of my clothes fit me. If you put your hands in your pockets, your pants come down."
Baldwin stood up and let his khaki pants fall to the ground. Letterman also joined in on the pants-dropping, after which Baldwin joked, "You can see, I'll go to any length to change the subject from current events."
The 54-year-old actor did go on to address the reports that he punched a New York Daily News photographer, telling Letterman, "He's very masterful at getting really close to you with the camera," Baldwin said of Santos. "They want you to react. No one got punched, by the way."
"I kinda pushed him out of the way because he almost hit me in the face with the camera," Baldwin explained. "Had I punched him, I'd be in jail. Then I would have pressed charges against him for assault. Then we would both be in the jail cell together. And you don't want to know what would happen in the jail cell, if we were together in the jail cell."
The incident took place outside of the Manhattan city clerk's office, where Baldwin and his fiancee Hilaria Thomas had gone to obtain a marriage license.
New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos filed an assault complaint against Baldwin, claiming that he is suffering from a headache, dizziness and a sore chin after Baldwin allegedly punched him. The New York Police Department said that Baldwin is cooperating with the investigation. It is unclear if criminal charges will be filed.
Santos also spoke out about the incident on "Good Morning America" on June 21, claiming, "I never hit him with the camera. He threw a punch right on my chin. I had a mark yesterday."
Santos, who is a news photographer and doesn't usually photograph celebrities, said that he tried to move backward to "soften the blow" and wants to see Baldwin prosecuted.
"I have nothing to say to him," Santos continued. "I'm just feeling embarrassed about what he did to me. I like to take a picture and have my picture be on the front page, not me be on the front page. I don't want to be a part of the news."
Baldwin's rep denied the claims in a statement to People magazine, "As Alec and his fiancée 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."
Baldwin is reportedly expected to wed Hilaria Thomas on June 30, 2012. The "30 Rock" actor, of the most popular TV stars today, proposed to the 28-year-old yoga instructor in April.
Watch an excerpt from Alec Baldwin's interview on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and the New York Daily News photographer's interview on "Good Morning America" below.