- Reuters/Andrew Kelly
Actor Alec Baldwin has been accused of threatening to choke a reporter and making racial epithets on Sunday while taking a walk near his East Village home in New York.
Baldwin, who has been accused of becoming aggressive with members of the paparazzi in the past, allegedly threatened to choke a report on Sunday who attempted to question him about his wife's lawsuit. His wife, yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, has been accused of negligence by a customer who claims to have sustained an injury after taking one of Thomas' yoga classes.
The Baldwin incident occurred some time at around 10:50 a.m. on Sunday, according to The New York Post. When approached by Post reporter Tara Palmeri and questioned about his wife's lawsuit, Baldwin allegedly grabbed the reporter by the arm and told her, "I want to choke you to death."
Palmeri played back a voice recorder for police with Baldwin making the statement. He also insulted Post photographer G.N. Miller, a former NYPD officer, calling him a "coon" and a "drug dealer," Miller told police.
"Cops were called, and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, both filed harassment claims against each other," the Post reported.
Baldwin also addressed the incident on Twitter.
"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,'' he tweeted.
The tweets that were posted to Baldwin's account were later deleted. Baldwin allegedly told police that Miller had "pushed into him," according to the Post.
"He was saying some serious racist stuff," Miller charged. "He said some choice words about my mother, and he was telling people in the street that I'm a drug dealer."
"He could have said a lot of other stuff. But he used all of the stereotypes associated with black people," the man added.
Baldwin's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, has denied the accusations, stating that they are "completely false," according to Radar Online.
"That's one of the most outrageous things I've heard in my life," Hiltzik said.