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Alec Baldwin

I'm Not Decking

Photogs Willy-Nilly

6/20/2012 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Alec Baldwin insists ... he's not dumb enough to attack a photog at a courthouse for no reason ... claiming he only went after the snapper yesterday because he was provoked.

Baldwin just appeared on "CBS This Morning" ... saying NY Daily News photog Marcus Santos lunged at him as he was leaving a NYC courthouse yesterday and "almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of his camera."

Alec admits he shoved the guy back ... but says he's certain his actions were justified ... or else he wouldn't have done anything ... especially with all of the cops around.

Baldwin also says the photog has "baited me before" ... and even camped out in front of his house.

"People think I'm out there just decking photographers willy-nilly, nothing could be further from the truth."



But the photog tells a very different story in a new video he shot for the NY Daily News ... claiming he was standing far away from "Alex Baldwick" ... when the actor charged at him for no reason ... "like a raging bull."

So, we gotta ask ...

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16.

Truth    

WHO WAS THAT FOTOG WEARING A FOOTBALL HELMUT YEARS AGO? OH YEA, IT WAS WITH SEAN PENN WASNT IT?? ANOTHER DUDE BALDWIN SHARES GENETIC PREDISPOSITION. CHECK THE DNA... #TRUTH!!

794 days ago
17.

Slash    

He's a pompous *ss who thinks that the general rules of society don't apply to him. Unless the photographer physically touched him, there is no legal justification for Alec putting his hands on him.

The guy needs anger management!

794 days ago
18.

Truth    

CLUE TO MARCUS SANTOS: WEAR A FOOTBALL HELMUT LIKE RON GALELLA DID WITH MARLON BRANDO, JUST SAYIN. #TRUTH!!

794 days ago
19.

MISSA    

Most people don't just do things for no reason, obviously the photographers provoked him. These photographers have gotten way out of hand and need to be put in their place. Camping out in front of somebodies house, their kids school, restaurants, in front of their cars so they can't leave, or running up to them when they are just walking down the street. It’s not right.

794 days ago
20.

ManiacalZebra    

It's probably a matter of perception. If the photog got right in front of him quickly to get his shot, Baldwin may have perceived it as aggression. The paps are massively annoying, but to actually strike one of them only makes things worse. Baldwin is a public figure with known anger issues (like calling his own daughter a thoughtless pig). He needs to learn to cope until laws are passed to put a leash on the paps. Until then, if they are acting within the law, they technically aren't doing anything wrong. We may all WANT to punch them, but that will cause more problems than it solves.

794 days ago
21.

$$    

The photog was laughing and smiling during the whole video...clearly because he is lying...

794 days ago
22.

jb    

You voters are nuts! Why are you so eager to believe Baldwin - just because he is a "celebrity"?? He has a history of violent, aggressive behavior! He even verbally attacked his own daughter - remember?!

794 days ago
23.

Maria    

Alec is simply a hugh Pr---. He proved that when he viciously attacked his own little girl. If he spews his hate on her he capable of anything. Why anyone even watches this fat cow is beyond me. he needs to seek help for his anger problems.

794 days ago
24.

lee    

I am amazed at the level of bias people in here! lol. If Mel Gibson had done this everyone would be blaming Mel! No wonder the majority of you all are ignorant voters-you make decisions off a whim

794 days ago
25.

a long time Leno fan!    

What law says an actor has the right to physically abuse someone whose actions he's not particularly fond of? Photog acts/looks passive, the actor is the obvious aggressor. Alex can not be called a passive victim here. Photos show photog was far enough away so the photog couldn't have lunged/almost hit him in the teeth with his camera. This actor's aggressive nature AND history with gorgeous actress Kim Basinger affected her forever. And not for the better. I wonder who his next blowup will involve. Someone should ask his fiancee what she thinks of all of this.

794 days ago
26.

jhtmz    

TMZ: Baldwin just appeared on "CBS This Morning"

It was Charlie Rose on PBS last night. All CBS did was show an excerpt.

794 days ago
27.

redwriter    

AB was, is and always will be an arrogant pig.

794 days ago
28.

Bridget    

Did it ever occur to Alec that the reason the paps fallow him around is because of his temper? He gets mad...MO MONEY for them. If he was boring and didn't react they wouldn't bother him nearly as much.

794 days ago
29.

Kari    

The truth probably lies in the middle. These photogs do seem to become very aggressive at times, and Alec's temper is pretty well established.

794 days ago
30.

rorow    

idiot

794 days ago
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