Photographer says Alec Baldwin hit him in NYC

Associated Press Modified: June 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: June 19, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Another anger mismanagement allegation has arisen against Alec Baldwin, this time on his way to the altar.

A newspaper photographer filed a complaint with police on Tuesday accusing the "30 Rock" star of punching him outside a marriage license bureau.

No charges had been filed, and the actor vehemently denied throwing any punches.

Daily News photographer Marcus Santos said that Baldwin became enraged as he and other photographers were snapping pictures of the 54-year-old actor and his fiancee, Hilaria Thomas, outside the lower Manhattan office where marriage licenses are obtained.

Santos told the newspaper, "I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming." He claimed the actor shoved him before punching him "one time, right in the chin."

A statement on Tuesday from Baldwin's publicist accused the photographer of being the aggressor.

As Baldwin and his fiancee were leaving, a person "walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple," the statement said. "The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera. There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself."

Photos on the newspaper's website (http://nydn.us/M3XinW) appear to show Baldwin shoving the photographer.

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