Alec Baldwin a Mean Dialing Machine

Calls 11-year-old daughter "thoughtless little pig" in leaked voicemail; rips into her and ex-wife Kim Basinger; source says actor has since apologized to girl

By Natalie Finn Apr 20, 2007 1:06 AMTags

Unfortunately, Alec Baldwin can't claim he had the wrong number.

A voicemail recording was circulated online Thursday in which the 30 Rock star insults his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, after the child purportedly missed her dad's scheduled phone call, in which he calls her a "rude, thoughtless pig."

"Once again, I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone. You have insulted me for the last time!" Baldwin said accusingly in the recording, reportedly made Apr. 11 and obtained by TMZ.

Baldwin added: "I don't give a damn that you're a 12-year-old or 11-year-old or a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned...The crap you pull on me with this goddamn phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother, and you do it to me constantly over and over again!"

The Golden Globe winner then threatened/offered to fly from New York to Los Angeles "for the day just to straighten you out on the issue."

According to TMZ, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Maren Nelson, who has been presiding over the actor and ex-wife Kim Basinger's increasingly sordid custody battle, temporarily suspended Baldwin's visitation rights Wednesday after hearing the tape.

A source close to the actor told E! News that he "spoke to his daughter right after this happened and they have worked things out."

Baldwin, meanwhile, has opted to shut up for now.

"In the best interest of the child, Alec will do what the mother is pathologically incapable of doing...keeping his mouth shut and obeying the court order," a spokesman for Baldwin said in a statement, referring to Nelson's order to keep the details of the very estranged couple's custody battle under wraps.

"The mother and her lawyer leaked this sealed material in violation of a court order," the statement continued. "Although Alec acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child, everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through for the past six years."

"The voicemail speaks for itself," said Annett Wolf, Basinger's spokeswoman.

Lawyers for the actors did not immediately comment.

Baldwin and Basinger's divorce became final in 2002, but they have been hammering out custody issues ever since. The story took an increasingly nasty turn in 2005 when both parents started attacking the other's mental fitness, with Baldwin saying Basinger had a "pathological need" to keep Ireland away from him and Basinger accusing Baldwin of being a bully who needed psychological evaluation.

Nelson ordered both actors to undergo counseling in June.

During Wednesday's closed-door hearing, Nelson also refused to grant Basinger's motion to dismiss a contempt of court charge for violating terms of the custody agreement last fall.

The L.A. Confidential Oscar winner pleaded not guilty to the dozen misdemeanor infractions on Oct. 4 and waived her right to attend her trial, when or if it ever takes place. The statute of limitations on the charges is August 2008. Basinger is facing up to 60 days in jail and a $12,000 fine if convicted on all counts.  

The next hearing on visitation issues is scheduled for May 4.