Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin wasn't in the mood to have his picture taken Tuesday morning.

The 30 Rock star was leaving the New York City Marriage License Bureau with fiancée Hilaria Thomas when he and a New York Daily News photographer appear to have gotten into a physical altercation.

Photographer Marcus Santos told the paper the actor punched him. Baldwin, however, has a very different account of what went down...

"A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded," Baldwin tweeted.

He also tweeted of the paper, "Ever since that English Queen took over the Daily News, they lie like the Post," ostensibly referring to the paper's new editorship. (Colin Myler took over as the Daily News' editor in January 2012; previously, he worked for the New York Post and ran News of the World until it ceased publication in July 2011.)

According to the photographer, however, it was Baldwin who approached him.

"He was looking mad," Santos said. "He said, 'Step back, step back.' I said, 'We're moving back.'"

The Daily News reports that Baldwin then grabbed a second photographer, Jefferson Siegel, and Santos told the Rock of Ages star to back off.

"I said, 'Don't touch him,'" Santos said. "I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming."

"He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me—one time, right in the chin," he continued. "And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way."

"Rest in peace, the New York Daily News, which was once a good newspaper," he added. "Now run by the same trash that runs the Post."

"I supposed if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over," he added Tuesday afternoon, alluding to the Trayvon Marton tragedy.

He also noted on the social networking site: "The photographer who assaulted me has (belatedly) gone to a hospital claiming injuries. Colin Myler and his NOTW scams come to NY..."

This, of course, isn't Baldwin's first run-in with the press. He got into another altercation with a New York Post photographer outside of his New York City apartment in 2010.

He's also slammed the Daily News on Twitter earlier this year for reportedly showing up at Thomas' yoga studio to take photos of her. He wrote: "Shame on the no-talent trash from the Daily News for invading the privacy of 75 people in a yoga class to take a picture of someone."

(Originally published on June 19, 2012 at 8:49 a.m. PT)

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