Alec Baldwin drops pants on TV
30 Rock star Alec Baldwin dropped his trousers on a TV show to play down his altercation with a photographer.
The 54-year-old actor took off his trousers to prove that he had lost weight.
Host David Letterman then followed the act by dropping his own pants, which was greeted with audible cheers from the audience.
Alec Baldwin allegedly pushed and shoved snapper Marcus Santos in New York when he was leaving the City Marriage License Bureau with fiancee Hilaria Thomas.
The actor has also been accused of rolling his mountain bike over a TV reporter’s foot outside his East Village apartment following the first incident and he is then said to have used his handlebars to knock the Inside Edition journalist aside when she questioned him about his altercation with Marcus.
Baldwin maintains he is a victim in the whole episode with Marcus, saying, “The guy lunged and almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera. So I just pushed the guy away.”
But Marcus insists Baldwin punched him, explaining: “He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin.” Police have confirmed that Santos filed a complaint against Baldwin, saying he was punched while taking pictures of Baldwin and his fiancée on Tuesday.
The New York Press Club condemned Baldwin, saying his actions “should not be tolerated.” The club said he is a public figure and that his activities are legitimate subjects of media interest.
Baldwin, to Letterman, said the photographer is a master at getting close enough to a subject that he thinks he is going to be hit by the camera. “They want you to react,” he said.
Help for Baldwin
Meanwhile, the staff at New York Daily News sent a unique olive branch to Baldwin. They sent the actor a basket full of self-help and anger management books to condemn his actions.