Moments after getting married to his much younger yoga instructor, Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin attacked a New York Daily News photographer outside a marriage license bureau in New York City this morning.
He then took to Twitter and claimed the photographer had come close to hitting him in the face with his camera.
But other photographers who witnessed the incident said Baldwin ran after the photographers, first grabbing Daily News photographer Jefferson Siegel before chasing Daily News photographer Marcus Santos and punching him in the chin.
According to the New York Daily News:
Veljic said the photographers were hardly in Baldwin’s face before the enraged actor went nuts.
“They were away from him,” said Veljic. “Then he starts running at them. Pushing, very angry, his hands up.”
It wasn’t Baldwin’s first clash with a cameraman — the combative Long Islander attacked a photographer outside his Central Park West home in 2010.
More recently, the angry actor was booted from an American Airlines flight after ignoring directions to turn off his iPad.
And he famously insulted his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, as “a rude, thoughtless little pig.”
Baldwin clearly did not get the sympathy from his fans that he expected because most of them showed outrage after they had the read the Daily News version of the events.
So that prompted him to compare himself to George Zimmerman in the Treyvon Martin case.
Hopefully, Baldwin will spend his honeymoon in jail.
UPDATE: The National Press Photographers Association, which usually limits itself to writing letters to police departments and politicians, fired off a strongly worded open letter to Baldwin over the incident.
Today when you attacked photographers who were waiting outside the city Marriage License Bureau in New York City, it was not the first time that you’ve assaulted members of the very media who helped to make your name a household word. It’s been reported that after today’s incident you Tweeted, “A ‘photographer’ almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded.” You then continued to display your insensitivity by Tweeting, “I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over …”.
Rather than make light of a national racial tragedy, I suggest that if you don’t want to be recognized when you go out in public it is you who should be wearing something over your head.
Eyewitnesses to today’s incident report that not only were the photographers not near you at the time you aggressively went after them, but that they were in retreat as you continued your unprovoked assault. Whether you like it or not, you are a public figure involved in a newsworthy event. And as you well know from your lifetime of celebrity public life, there is no expectation of privacy on a public street.
No one is really surprised that you continue to act in this manner, given past performances. But as a former photojournalist who is now general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), I object to your combative actions against photographers who were doing nothing more than waiting to take your photograph, an activity you’ve willingly participated in thousands of times, posing when you thought it was in your best interest.
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