Alec Baldwin denies making racial comments against photog

Feb 20, 2013, 02:33 IST | ANI

Alec Baldwin has denied reports of launching a racist tirade against a photographer and grabbing a female reporter.

According to the New York Post, the 54-year-old actor verbally assaulted one of its black photographers on Sunday, calling the man a “crackhead” and a “drug dealer” outside Baldwin’s East Village home.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

Cops were reportedly asked to intervene but the actor is adamantly denying such claims made by the publication, CBS News reported.

The photographer who was reportedly assaulted is G.N. Miller, decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post.

In a series of tweets, the ’30 Rock’ star explained his side of the story, writing: “My publicist has just informed me that the ‘photographer’ from the Post is claiming I called him a racial epithet, prior to calling the cops. ... That’s kind of magical thinking, isn’t it? The Post accusing me of racism.”

Then, on Monday morning, the actor tweeted jokingly: “Fox TV reporter followed me down street, walking my dogs. He tripped and fell. My doorman said, ‘I’m your witness! You didn’t push him!’”

Baldwin also spoke with the Gothamist to get his side out, telling the site, “This guy was right up in my face as I crossed University Place. I get to the other side of the street, and he bumped into me. He banged into me with his shoulder, because he was right on top of me with the camera. In my mind, it was deliberate. I''ve had that happen before. It happens sometimes, because they want to bait you, they want you to do something.”

Meanwhile, the reporter, Tara Palmeri, on the scene -- who was asking Baldwin about a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, and her work at her NYC yoga studio -- says the actor also grabbed her by the arm and said, “I want you to choke to death.” Palmeri reportedly recorded the altercation. 

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