One headline-grabbing "misunderstanding" is bad enough. But two in a single day may be some kind of record…even for Alec Baldwin.
As if the 30 Rock scene stealer wasn't having a bad enough day following his brief hospitalization Thursday, the actor returned home to his NYC apartment after a long day of shooting to find a throng of media waiting for him. One bottom-dwelling paparazzo in particular, Tim Wiencis from the New York Post, began peppering Baldwin with questions as to the current emotional state of daughter Ireland, who reportedly called 911 on her father the night before.
Well, that was all it took for Mount Baldwin to erupt.
An eyewitness told E! News that Baldwin took the bait and began shouting, "This guy! This guy!" when he spotted Wiencis, with whom we're guessing he has some history, in the crowd.
He then grabbed the collar of the offending paparazzo, but before anything (or more important, any charges) could come of it, cops who were already present and on crowd-control duty pulled the actor away.
The New York Police Department confirmed to E! News that Baldwin returned home around 5:15 p.m. and after making his way through the crowd—both getting his arm grabbed by Wiencis and grabbing back in return.
"He then turned around and said, 'This man's just assaulted me, call 911,' " the source said. "His bellman called 911. I've never seen police turn up so fast in this city. Within minutes, there were four police cars."
Police entered the lobby of Baldwin's building alongside the actor, who then, without warning if not prodding, ran out and grabbed Wiencis' jacket. Police quickly stopped the action and brought Baldwin back inside.
"He lunged for the photographer, grabbed him, and then the police separated the two," the source said.
Baldwin's attorney had no comment on the incident, but will no doubt be pleased to know that no charges were filed and Baldwin took off a short while later. We're guessing to a hotel. With plenty of security.
—Additional reporting by Lindsay Miller
(Originally published on Feb. 12, 2010 at 8:15 a.m. PT)
Oh, Alec. Luckily, he shouldn't be dominating the headlines too long—after all, there's much bigger (golder, medalier) stories coming today. So get ready for Vancouver with Our Winter Olympians gallery!