Did Alec Baldwin’s arrest last minute really cross the line?

In short, US TV star Alec Baldwin’s arrest for allegedly unleashing an “overt threat” at a photographer in the New York suburb of Mamaroneck probably wasn’t intentional – or so he insisted in his…

Did Alec Baldwin’s arrest last minute really cross the line?

In short, US TV star Alec Baldwin’s arrest for allegedly unleashing an “overt threat” at a photographer in the New York suburb of Mamaroneck probably wasn’t intentional – or so he insisted in his pleading and tearful mug shot. His unnamed victim (no charges were laid) said he had not seen what had sparked the allegedly disputeive exchange, and quoted Baldwin as saying “Who do you think you are, Charles Hamilton, I’m a movie star!” A lawyer representing the actor and MSNBC, which airs his show, said the agent had lied and failed to report the “grabbing” that had allegedly taken place.

But was this really Baldwin, or was it some paparazzo? What had caused the confrontation? Since his arrival in New York 20 years ago, The 30 Rock actor has developed a reputation for aggressively confronting, or suing, photographers when he believes they have crossed the line. Will this episode really hurt his career? Perhaps this was the best strategy: manage to release a statement, and then release another mug shot, showing that he hadn’t been “hugging” the photographer – but that the trouble was apparently caused by the photographer holding his arm too tightly, so that Baldwin had had to shout his name. With apologies to Barbara Stanwyck and Joe Pesci.

• At home.com

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