Actor and liberal activist Alec Baldwin was arrested last week for assault following a violent dispute that was allegedly over a parking space in New York City, in just the latest of the star’s lengthy string of violent and abusive behavior. But that’s not all the comedian is getting into trouble for.
The arrest compelled some members of the mainstream media to recall their own personal stories of dealing with Baldwin’s outbursts and behavioral issues in the past, including an ABC reporter who asserted that Baldwin once told her he hoped she would “choke to death.”
That recollection came from ABC News White House correspondent Tara Palmeri in response to a tale from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman about being blocked on Twitter by Baldwin over a critical article she had once written.
Alec Baldwin also told me “I hope you choke to death” when I was on assignment, staking out his house https://t.co/JAgMkGGwDM
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) November 2, 2018
The incident Palmeri referred to occurred in 2013 when Pameri was a reporter for the New York Post.
The paper published an account of an incident that occured after Palmeri and a cameraman had been assigned to cover Baldwin’s home after a lawsuit was filed against the yoga studio run by Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, who was pregnant at the time.
Baldwin didn’t appreciate the media presence outside their apartment, and became verbally abusive with Palmeri’s photographer — a black retired NYPD officer — who Baldwin disparaged with racially insensitive terms.
Baldwin was alleged to have also engaged with Palmeri, grabbing her by the arm and telling her, “I want you to choke to death,” a remark that — along with others — was caught on Palmeri’s audio recorder, which was handed over to the NYPD’s Forensics Division and led to the opening of a hate crime investigation due to the racial comments.
Fox News reported that representatives for Baldwin declined to offer comment on the Palmeri incident, though Baldwin did issue a statement to reporters following his recent arrest for assault after the parking space dispute.
“Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false,” Baldwin said.
He went on: “I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realize that it has become a sport to tag people [with] as many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment.”
The 2013 incident between Baldwin and Palmeri was documented, and there are no doubt plenty of other examples that reporters and photographers could provide of their own run-ins with Baldwin over the years, all of which go to show that he is a hot-headed liberal with a temper who has little qualms about saying and doing horrid things to people who get in his way.