(USA TODAY) Alec Baldwin tried to get ahead of the story Sunday night as he tweeted about an incident that happened earlier in the day that he figured would be reported by the New York Post. And it is.
"Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came 2 my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post 'photographer' who assaulted me," he wrote amid tweets encouraging fans to vote for him in the Huffington Post Celebrity Presidential race. (Baldwin beat Stephen Colbert.)
"My publicist has just informed me that the 'photographer' from the Post is claiming I called him a racial epithet, prior to calling the cops," Baldwin tweeted, adding, "That's kind of magical thinking, isn't it? The Post accusing me of racism?"
According to the Post, Baldwin was walking his dogs on Sunday morning when Postreporter Tara Palmeri asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.
Baldwin "grabbed" her by her arm and told her, "I want you to choke to death," Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation, says thePost.
He went on to call G.N. Miller, a retired NYPD detective and a Post staff photographer, a "coon, a drug dealer,'' among other things, according to Miller's police statement, says the Post.
At one point, Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he's a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as "fake." Miller also said the actor bumped him in the chest during their run-in. Baldwin told police the photographer "pushed into him,'' according to the actor's complaint.
Police were called, and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, both filed harassment claims against each other.
Baldwin, through his rep Matthew Hiltzik, denied to the Post that his client made racist remarks, adding, "That's one of the most outrageous things I've heard in my life.''
On Sunday night, New York's Daily News asked Baldwin for comment on it all as the actor was again out walking his dogs. "I have nothing to say to the Daily News," said Baldwin, who in June had a scuffle with a News photographer.
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY