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Alec Baldwin

Allegedly Threatens Reporter, Hurls Racial Slur at Photog

2/18/2013 6:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Alec Baldwin was involved in another confrontation with the media ... after he allegedly threatened to choke a reporter to death and hurled a racial slur at a photographer.  

Both Baldwin and the photographer for the New York Post, G.N. Miller, filed harassment claims against one another following the run-in.

According to the Post, the reporter Tara Palmeri, approached Baldwin while he was walking his dogs to ask him about a recent lawsuit against his wife Hilaria. The reporter says Baldwin responded by grabbing her by the arm and saying, "I want you to choke to death."

The Post says Palmeri played an audio recording of the threat to police.

Baldwin then turned the Post's photographer -- who they say is black and a retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau -- and allegedly called him "a coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer."

The Post says Baldwin posted several tweets about the incident, one of which said, "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."

The tweets have been deleted.

Baldwin was involved in two confrontations with photographers last year just days apart -- on June 19 and June 29.

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Alec Baldwin says the claim he hurled a racial slur "is one of the most outrageous things I've heard in my life." Baldwin says it never happened.   

As for what caused the explosion of tempers ... sources very close to Baldwin tell TMZ ... it all emanated from a story in the Post a few days back, reporting that Alec's wife was being sued by a student in her yoga class, claiming he was instructed to perform a dangerous move in an overcrowded class and was injured as a result.

Alec's sources say the actor was infuriated because the Post story did not give her side, even though they claim they had multiple conversations with the reporter, saying the class was not overcrowded and the injured man got special attention because he was being careless and even admitted the accident was his fault.

Sources close to Alec say he's the one who called the cops and lodged a harassment complaint against the Post photog.  One Baldwin source denies Alec threatened to choke the photog, claiming he said, "I hope you choke to death."

6:55 AM PT -- Baldwin just tweeted using the official Alec Baldwin Foundation's Twitter handle -- saying, "I find it ironic that my foundation's last grant was $50,000 to the Arthur Ashe Learning Center."

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16.

static    

Hopefully this will be the event that proves to be the undoing of this vile man.

580 days ago
17.

Kelly    

Maybe black people should reclaim the word coon, like the way they're allowed to use the N word. You can't hurt me if I call myself a coon. Whatup coon?

580 days ago
18.

Jenn    

At least the reporter didn't try to take his Angry Birds away. It could have gotten WAY uglier.

580 days ago
19.

tracker    

Harvey,why are you not mentioning 'KLOE KARDASHIAN WAS FIRED' HUH YOUR SO FAKE..GOOD LUCK ALEC.

580 days ago
20.

spectator72    

Does anyone know the difference between Alec Baldwin and Moe ,Larry ,Curly ?
Baldwin owns a suit .

The 4 Baldwin bros. put together and still couldn't come up with an half idiot .
Here is a guy who has hinted a second career in politics representing the people . His best acting when his character is arrogant ,conceited or over sized ego

580 days ago
21.

IowaDimples    

I love how photog can invade celebrity faces while they are minding their own business and ask them about private matters and then bash the celeb for getting irate. Maybe celebs should start bothering photogs at dinner and asking them about their failed relationships on camera. I'm all for pieces about celebs in general but this invasion crap gets old. Anything for a story. Make a person you know is easy to tick off mad so you can get something juicy to post. Cheap reporting if you ask me.

580 days ago
22.

PG    

Yep-he's back to his old self again, it shouldn't be long now before he's beating up his wife, like he beat up and abused Kim Basinger.

580 days ago
23.

LISA    

WRONG AGAIN, TMZ! The New York Post itself reported it was Baldwin and the PHOTOG (Miller) who filed harassment charges against each other, NOT Baldwin and Palmeri! In fact, TMZ even states it was the photog (not the reporter), further down in their article!


TMZ: “Both Baldwin and the reporter for the New York Post, Tara Palmeri, filed harassment claims against one another following the run-in.”


New York Post: Cops were called, and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, both filed harassment claims against each other.


Aside from this huge error, there is more to the story. I would assume the New York Post would have the most accurate version, since this article is about an incident involving them. Here is the link to the New York Post article:


http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/alec_fast_slur_ious_tzxXtwrX49oGHN1VaG08hM

580 days ago
24.

UNLV1990    

But he's a democrat, so that means he gets a pass. Right? Didn't he threaten his daughter, he is a big Obama supporter so this will be forgotten. Hope and change.

580 days ago
25.

Soetoro    

To all those who cant find the racial slur, its "coon". If you dont think its a slur, maybe you should hop the M train to Brooklyn, throw it around, and see how you do.

580 days ago
26.

Lindy    

Another liberal treating women like dirt!

580 days ago
27.

Maria    

It's Karma. That's for Genevieve.

580 days ago
28.

Miara    

AB obviously has had a serious anger/rage problem for years. Of course the paps cross the lines right & left - what an awful job! Yuk!!! But, celebrities are exposed to them from the very moment they become celebrities. I cannot imagine how frustrating it must be to have cameras and highly personal information about you and your family being tossed around in public. This still does not excuse Alec Baldwin from his racist, hate-filled tirades. He is a danger to the public.

580 days ago
29.

LISA    

The New York Post (for whom she works) article also has the photo of Alec grabbing her arm:


http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/alec_fast_slur_ious_tzxXtwrX49oGHN1VaG08hM

580 days ago
30.

hammonator62    

Alex Baldwin and most ALL his family has anger issues! Remember his rant he went on when the airline attendant told him to turn his electronic device off? He has had several run ins with the paparazzi. He chose this career. If he doesn't like the questions, he just needs to keep his mouth shut and move on! He brings a lot of this on himself because the paparazzi knows they will get a negative reaction out of him!!

580 days ago
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