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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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106.

Farrah    

NY post is a class less full of lies newspaper why else do people buy the daily new because post is garbage. end of story Alec wins. and a to add that why would he hurl a racial insult when he is friends of tracey morgan. NYPOSt=LIes lies , let the real tabloids do their actual job.

425 days ago
107.

Detective. LaToya    

Who does he think he's kidding? He's known to be violent AND racist! I don't believe you, you need more people! The same guy who denied what he said to his daughter until the tape was released? F*cking *******.

425 days ago
108.

Constance    

I'm black...I see nothing racist about that. Smh...

425 days ago
109.

lanie    

Who is really surprised by this? He's an arrogant, snobby, uppity, hypocritical, condescending, obnoxious, bitter old man.. He thinks he's above others and that rules do not apply to him.. Just your typical arrogant Hollywood type..

425 days ago
110.

Ange    

Why is anyone surprised? Baldwin OBVIOUSLY has an anger management issue (and a superiority complex)... Remember Kim Bassingers bruised face? Calling his teen daughter SCREAMING and ranting? Storming in to the bathroom on an airplane cuz he wants to play Words With Friends? And those are just 3 of the MANY incidents involving this man. He may be talented... But he has obviously played too many important roles and is caught up thinking its really him. We crucify others for their mistakes (Mel Gibson, Chris Brown, etc.. And believe me, I think they deserve the criticism!!!) and give Alec Baldwin a free pass to be an arse. He's repulsive.

425 days ago
111.

Mrugowsky    

Again, obviously all white people are racist. Besides, Alec screams slurs at his own daughter.

425 days ago
112.

jen    

Alex Baldwin has always short a few screws and been verbally abusive and menacing towards women. He has a long history of it. I doubt he even cares at all and as usual thinks his behavior is ok.

425 days ago
113.

nzingha    

This short racist pig, yea that is what they do rail racist slurs then lie about it, the biggest liars in the world. Racist pig.

425 days ago
114.

JOHN     

HE`S A pig, always was always will be, a legend in his own, mind.

425 days ago
115.

BLues    

$50,000.00 grant to the Arthur Ashe Learning Center through his foundation apparently makes him NOT racist?! I ponder what is his financial worth and what has he personally donated to organizations and what charities does he support as a public figure most likely worth many $ figures $$$$,$$$?! $50,000 is a write of!!!!! He's a strange dude and makes money off his strangeness and public confrontations thus what's his complaint regarding being approached by people who assist him to remain his lifestyle. And who really is Hilaria, is it yoga that connects them and binds their relationship, does she speak for herself and she is married to what appears to be an aggressive and confrontational male. A yoga instructor married to an apparently aggressive and confrontational male who capitalizes on such behaviors. What a dude!!

425 days ago
116.

1CAliqueen    

For those of you who don't believe Alec couldn't possibly use a racial slur remember this is the same man who called his own daughter a pig.

425 days ago
117.

jane    

AND SO WHAT IF He made a racist slur....big deal!....just words...and also obviously, people say things to piss the other off. If he said anything racist he might just be trying to piss off the reporter. And if he is racist. That's HIS right.

425 days ago
118.

jane    

I wish he would have killed the reporter. He's walking his dog and this idiot comes up to him with this personal question. The reporter deserves everything bad that can happen to him. I don't think I would have handled it as well as baldwin if it were me.

425 days ago
119.

wkenddad    

Has anyon ever investigated whether Alec has access to firearms?
If anyone should be disallowed to own one it would be Alec.

425 days ago
120.

Ginger    

Being chased by a crazy person with a camera to get just the right pic must be an horrible way to live. What's gonna happen when his new baby is born and photo taken!!!

425 days ago
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