Alec Baldwin’s temper has landed him in hot water again, with ET Canada confirming that the “Match Game” host was arrested in New York City on Friday after reportedly punching a man in the jaw during an altercation over a parking spot.
Now, though, Baldwin is completely disputing the account of the incident.
Speaking to the Toronto Star, the actor said, “The argument that I punched somebody in the face over a parking spot is absurd.
“I’m sure there are three cameras in front of my building and I’ve seen the footage from all three of those cameras.”
The actor also lashed out at those out to get him for his vocal opposition to Donald Trump.
“There are all these vermin out there who want to kill the opponents of Trump, and so you end up with a hundred photographers in front of my house after the news breaks that I punched this guy in the face,” he said. “But when the D.A. exonerates me in the coming days and I have a piece of paper in my hand, there will be none of these guys out there to report that and exonerate me.”
He continued, “[The media] are very aggressive when they want to set up a story that incriminates you or humiliates you. These people want to end your career. Literally their goal is to make sure you can’t feed your family. In the meantime they’re saying I punched this guy in the face and that’s not true. When the D.A. drops the charges do you think they will be outside my house apologizing to me?”
The NYPD confirmed earlier this week the former “30 Rock” star was placed under arrest after punching the unidentified man during an alleged argument over a parking space in New York’s East Village.
Baldwin has been charged with assault and harassment, and was given an appearance ticket that will require him to enter a plea in front of a judge.
Police told CNBC that the officers arrived on the scene in response to a 911 call reporting an assault.
According to TMZ, sources say that Baldwin’s friend had been holding the parking spot for him when the other man “swooped in” and took it, angering the 60-year-old actor.
An argument ensued, and Baldwin reportedly punched the man in the jaw, with one witness reporting that Baldwin yelled “F**k off!” during the altercation.
“Upon arrival, officers observed a 49-year-old male conscious and alert with injury to his left jaw,” police said, adding that EMS responded and transported the man to a nearby hospital, where he was in “stable condition.”
Informed of Baldwin’s arrest, President Donald Trump — hilariously portrayed by Baldwin on “Saturday Night Live” — told reporters, “I wish him luck.”
On Saturday, Baldwin issued a denial of sorts in a pair of tweets issued from the Twitter account of his family foundation.
Describing reports of his arrest as “egregiously misstated,” he writes that “the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false.”
Page Six reports the alleged victim is 49-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor Wojciech Cieszkowski. The man reportedly said he was “recovering” and that he was feeling “sore” but would “be fine.”
This isn’t the first time that Baldwin’s anger-management issues have led to trouble with the police. In 2014, he was handcuffed by police and charged with disorderly conduct after being spotted riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street, and then allegedly cursing at officers when he received a summons.