Alec Baldwin had a confrontation with a reporter and photographer from the New York Post on Sunday morning, and New York City police are investigating after both sides filed harassment claims. The Post photographer, G.N. Miller, told police that the 30 Rock actor hurled slurs at him — including “coon and “crackhead” — when he tried to take Baldwin’s picture while he was walking his dog. Baldwin denies saying anything racist and called the allegations “one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life,” according to his spokesperson. TMZ.com reviewed audio from the incident and found no evidence of such offensive comments, but the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
According to the Post, Miller and reporter Tara Palmeri approached Baldwin outside his Manhattan home and requested comment regarding his wife, a yoga teacher recently sued by an injured former student. Palmeri initially claimed that Baldwin grabbed her arm and said, “I want to choke you to death.” TMZ’s review of the audio clarified that what Baldwin actually said was, “I want you to choke to death,” a correction that the Post now recognizes in its coverage of the altercation. A spokesperson for the Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest report from TMZ.
It’s not the first time Baldwin and the Post have tangled. He called the tabloid “the worst newspaper in human history” in November after a Post column criticized him and defended his alleged stalker.