Alec Baldwin on Daily News scuffle: I'm not decking photographers willy-nilly
Alec Baldwin has spoken up about the paparazzi scuffle on Tuesday, claiming it's not in his nature to punch photographers "willy-nilly."
The 54-year-old actor appeared on "The Charlie Rose Show" on Tuesday night and told the "CBS This Morning" co-host of the photographer, "The guy lunged and almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera, So I just pushed the guy away."
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.
"People think that I'm out there decking photographers willy nilly - nothing could be further from the truth," Baldwin said. "I mean, I'm in front of a courthouse, the place is crawling with cops. If I'm slugging a photographer out in front of a courthouse - I mean, I'm dumb, but I'm not that dumb. There must've been 10 cops right there on the block."
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 punched him. The New York Police Department said that Baldwin is cooperating with the investigation. It is unclear if criminal charges will be filed.
Following the incident, Baldwin Tweeted, "A "photographer" almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded."
"The photographer who assaulted me has (belatedly) gone to a hospital claiming injuries. [Daily News Editor] Colin Myler and his NOTW scams come to NY," Baldwin wrote of the incident later in the day.
Santos, the photographer who filed a complaint against the actor, also spoke out about the incident, claiming that Baldwin came after him like "a raging bull." In his interview, he claimed that Baldwin punched and shoved him.
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."
It seems that the actor's troubles did not end on Wednesday, June 20 as he Tweeted, "15-20 cameramen outside my bldg this am, chasing me on my bike. They're knocking into ppl on the street, yelling 'Will you seek help, Alec?'"
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.
Shortly after the engagement, Baldwin slammed the newspaper The New York Daily News on Twitter, saying that two reporters, dubbed "no-talent trash," crashed Thomas' yoga class to try to take her picture and posted a photo of one of them.
The New York Daily News also published a photo of the actor and his fiance at the time, in an article titled "Alec Baldwin's yoga instructor fiance, Hilaria Thomas, may be the antidote to his famous temper." In the story, other teachers offer Baldwin advice on how to calm down and describe several yoga poses.
Watch an excerpt from Alec Baldwin's interview with Charlie Rose and the New York Daily News photographer's interview below.