Alec Baldwin, photographer trade accusations after encounter
(CNN) — Alec Baldwin and a photographer for the New York Post are trading accusations and harassment claims after an encounter between the actor and the photographer.
In an article published Monday, the newspaper said Baldwin allegedly called the photographer, who is black, a racial epithet and hurled other insults after the photographer and a reporter approached the actor Sunday while he was walking his dogs.
A spokesman for Baldwin denied the report. “The accusations are completely false,” Baldwin representative Matthew Hiltzik told CNN Monday.
Referring specifically to the claim that Baldwin used a racial epithet, Hiltzik said, “That’s one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life.”
The newspaper, describing the incident as a “confrontation,” also said Baldwin, star of NBC’s recently wrapped “30 Rock,” grabbed the female Post reporter who was with the photographer by the arm and allegedly said, “I want you to choke to death.”
The photographer — identified by the newspaper as G.N. Miller, “a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post” — and Baldwin both filed police reports for harassment on Sunday. The reports are still under investigation, police Detective Marc Nell said Monday.
Hiltzik specified that the actor’s harassment report was filed against the photographer as an individual and not against the newspaper.
The newspaper, meanwhile, quoted Miller as saying that Baldwin “was saying some serious racist stuff.”
CNN affiliate WABC-TV asked Baldwin to set the record straight on Monday. The actor responded, “Why would I bother doing that with you?”