Alec Baldwin Lunges At Photographer Outside Marriage License Bureau (PHOTO)
Alec Baldwin was none too thrilled to have his photo taken by a paparazzo outside New York City's Marriage License Bureau on Tuesday morning, June 19.
The 30 Rock star, 54, allegedly punched a New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos outside the government office after reportedly obtaining his marriage license to his fiance, 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas.
“I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming," Santos, 42, told NY Daily News. "He was looking mad. ... “He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.”
Meanwhile, Alec tweeted his side of the story, writing:
"A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded."
In a reference to the death of Trayvon Martin, a black male who was wearing a hoodie when was he killed, Baldwin added via Twitter: "I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over..."
@nydnbrooklyn @nydailynews Ever since that English Queen took over the Daily News, they lie like the Post...
— AB (@alecbaldwin) June 19, 2012
@nydnbrooklyn @nydailynews Her Highness Colin Myler...Please don't do to the News what you did to NOTW... — AB (@alecbaldwin) June 19, 2012"The photographer who assaulted me has (belatedly) gone to a hospital claiming injuries. Colin Myler and his NOTW scams come to NY..."
"Ppl who work in the entertainment industry keep appts w the press on a regular basis. Paparazzi assaulting you on the street duznt count."
One onlooker told the news agency that the actor was in a fit of rage when he lashed out at the photographer. “He was like crazy, you know?” freelancer Goran Veljic said. “There was an eruption of mad. ... You’re going to get a marriage license, you should be happy. What happened with this guy?”
Baldwin's rep Matthew Hiltzik issued a statement to People, saying, "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."