High profile US actor Alec Baldwin has found himself in hot water again after allegedly punching a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home.
The New York Police Department says Baldwin, 60, claimed he had a family member holding the spot for him as he attempted to park his black Cadillac Escalade on Saturday (about 1.30pm local time on Friday) when a man driving a black Saab station wagon pulled up and took it.
The two men allegedly argued and then began pushing each other before Baldwin allegedly turned violent. The 49-year-old Saab driver was taken to Lenox Hill hospital for treatment suffering “jaw pain” and Baldwin was taken to a nearby police station in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village where he faces an assault charge.
NYPD questioned the actor for three hours before releasing him.
Baldwin responded via Twitter to the allegations, saying he would not normally comment on “something as egregiously misstated as today’s story”.
Using the Twitter account of the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, he wrote: “The assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false.
I wanted to go on the record stating as much”.
1- 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.
I wanted to go on the record stating as much.
I realize that it has become a sport to tag people w as many negative
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 2, 2018
Baldwin’s past scrapes with the law include a 2014 arrest in New York City for bicycling the wrong way on a one-way street and a 1995 arrest for allegedly slugging a paparazzi photographer in Los Angeles, one of several such run-ins.
Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight in 2011 after allegedly getting belligerent with a flight attendant who asked him to stop playing “Words with Friends” and put his phone away.
After the bicycle-related arrest, Baldwin told New York magazine he was ready to quit his public life and leave the city, an hour train ride from where he grew up on Long Island.
“I just can’t live in New York anymore,” Baldwin said in the article.
“Everything I hated about LA I’m beginning to crave. LA is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that. But New York has changed.”
Baldwin, the star of movies like Glengarry Glen Ross and the television sitcom 30 Rock portrays President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and recently started a talk show on ABC.
Asked about Baldwin’s arrest, Mr Trump said: “I wish him luck.”
An ABC spokeswoman had no comment about Baldwin’s arrest, other than to say his talk show will air Sunday night as scheduled.
A representative for Baldwin did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment.
CBS News reported both men had been issued with parking tickets.