Alec Baldwin, rage addict, allegedly threw racial slurs at a former NYPD officer

Just be forewarned – this story includes some racial slurs and lots and lots of RAGE-MONSTER. So you know how Alec Baldwin hates the paparazzi and how he never misses an opportunity to throw a fit whenever he’s been photographed out in public? Is that fair to him? I don’t even know. I think there are some photographers who go too far, of course, and many paparazzi these days seem to take the TMZ route of staying out of a celebrity’s direct physical path but tossing too-friendly, too-personal questions at the celebrity as they’re walking. Most celebrities know the game by now so they either ignore the photographer or they lightly engage, tossing off a one-liner and then walking away. But that seems to be impossible for Alec Baldwin.

Alec’s wife Hilaria Thomas is pregnant and she’s just been sued by one of her yoga clients. When Alec was approached in NY yesterday, one of the NY Post’s reporters asked him about the lawsuit involving his wife. The result? Alec did not physically assault the reporter, I think… oh, wait, he grabbed her arm. Nevermind. But he allegedly threatened to “choke” the reporter to death, and then he allegedly threw out some racial slurs for good measure. Because of course. Here’s the NY Post’s version of events:

Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a “crackhead” and a “drug dealer” during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene. Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.

The “30 Rock’’ star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, 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. He then called G.N. Miller — a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post — a “coon, a drug dealer,’’ Miller’s police statement said. At one point, Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he’s a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as “fake.” Cops were called, and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, both filed harassment claims against each other.

Minutes later, Baldwin ranted on Twitter.

“Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post “photographer’’ who assaulted me,’’ he tweeted. In another post, Baldwin referred to Miller, for unknown reasons, as “Ralston,” writing, “Moments after I tweet about the Post, Ralston, the ex-crackhead ‘photographer’ shows up at my door w 1 of Murdoch’s nieces in tow.” He added, “Ralston claims he’s ex NYPD!! That can’t be!!! Ex NYPD don’t become crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi!”

The actor eventually removed most of the posts.

Miller also said the actor bumped him in the chest during their tete-a-tete, although Baldwin told cops the photographer “pushed into him,’’ according to the actor’s complaint. Baldwin said he “asked [Miller] to keep his distance,’’ the complaint said. But Miller said Baldwin was the one getting “too aggressive,’’ so he showed him his retired-cop ID.

Baldwin called the ID a “fake’’ and added Miller was a “crackhead” and a “drug dealer” who “just got out of jail,” Miller said. Baldwin also made “disparaging remarks’’ about Miller’s mother, the photographer said. As oblivious pedestrians walked by, Baldwin told him to “suck my d–k,” Miller said.

Baldwin also walked up to random people — including a dad pushing his child in a stroller — and told them Miller was an ex-con and drug dealer, Miller said.

“He was saying some serious racist stuff,” Miller said. “He said some choice words about my mother, and he was telling people in the street that I’m a drug dealer. He could have said a lot of other stuff. But he used all of the stereotypes associated with black people.”

Miller worked for the NYPD for nearly 15 years, spending most of his time in narcotics. Although both men made police reports, it’s a case of he said-he said because the incident did not happen in the presence of a police officer. Neither police complaint will go any further, except in possible civil action.

Baldwin’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, called Miller’s accusations “completely false.’’

Baldwin, through Hiltzik, denied making the racist remarks, adding, “That’s one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life.’’

But Baldwin has a history of making inappropriate comments to photographers. Last June, the day before his wedding, Baldwin shouted to a black photographer on the street, “You gotta back up there Rodney.” The photographer’s name wasn’t Rodney.

[From the NY Post]

You can read TMZ’s coverage here – it doesn’t seem like they have any new or different information. While I think that the NY Post especially can get overly butthurt about people saying nasty things about their employees, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Alec Baldwin had said all of that crap and then some. He has a hair-trigger temper, he has rage issues and he’s a mess. I guess we should be thankful that this incident didn’t devolve into a fistfight, maybe. Here’s a question: does Alec get along with ANY of the NY papers? Last year he had a fatwa against the New York Daily News and this year he’s back to having a hate-on for the Post. My guess is that he despises the Wall Street Journal too (because Rupert Murdoch owns that too). So what does he have left? The New York Times? The Observer?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    Oh, that poor kid. I’d hoped he’d be a better father this time around…

  2. virginia5 says:

    So how come his wife is getting sued?

  3. bea says:

    Poor Alec, so talented, but such an easy mark. Yes, he needs to work on his rage and reaction to being goaded. And he should move to a place where the pap’s aren’t at your door, but that doesn’t seem fair, since he’s a New Yorker. Honestly, it’s like shoot fish in a barrel on a slow news day.

    I can’t hate on Jack Donaghy!

  4. Paloma says:

    This guy is such a mess. Counting down the time when he will, most assuredly, direct his anger to his wife. Kim Basinger was a saint to have put up with him as long as she did.

  5. Nanz01 says:

    My sister and I were talking about him the other day after my nephew met him. Apparently, Alec came into my nephew’s work to rent a car – by himself and no entourage. My nephew said he was pleasant and low key. But then he goes and acts like this…again. It’s like he doesn’t even TRY not to be a racist a-hole. You can be an a-hole without being a racist one, Alec. It just shows that he’s not JUST a rage monster, but that he also has some Mel Gibson minority hate going on. I can’t see how Tina Fey worked with him on a daily basis. I wish I could go back to liking him, but he makes no effort to change.

  6. lena80 says:

    I believe it, he called his own daughter a pig so I’m not surprised if his first reaction to someone he thinks is being an a** hole is to mention their race, use slurs, and invoke racial stereotypes.

  7. e.non says:

    ex-nypd and now a nypost employee? total d-bag; even worse than baldwin.

  8. Feebee says:

    So Alec Baldwin needs an attitude adjustment…. yeah, we’ve known this for years. However, the photographers know this, they know their mere presence within 30 feet will set him off. So they turn up and get in his face.

    Not condoning Alec’s choice of words but I have no sympathy for the paps. Baiting him into losing control is just a form of bullying behaviour. Yeah, Baldwin’s also one but he’s not doing it walking his dogs and he gets called out on it, the photographers don’t, they’re just the poor innocents “doing their jobs”.

    • Huh says:

      ‘Baiting him into losing control is just a form of bullying behaviour.’

      I really disagree with this. In all likelihood, the ‘baiting’ was asking him about the suit against Hilaria, which is a standard question – however obnoxiously asked/barked. The response to an obnoxious question could be an arched eyebrow, silence, ‘buzz off,’ etc. The Baldwin Patented Response of shouting, screaming, pushing and, allegedly, slurring, is not in proportion to what he was asked, or acceptable, ever.

      He wasn’t bullied. HE BULLIES. It’s part of his pattern.

      I really find the way that bullies tend to bend that around (not you, but Baldwin), and claim, no, *I* was the victim, to be reprehensible. Alec’s a king of that kind of perversion of reality and language. He isn’t Jack Donaghy, unfortunately – he’s an ass. I guess Hilaria’s earning that coin (I mean, enjoying the profound love that one can only have with a Could’ve-Been-My-Dad-But-He’s-My-Husband type.)

  9. Jayna says:

    I will wait and see. Alec is a lot of things, but he’s never been linked with racist remarks. “Coon” is an older term in the Deep South coming from my grandfather’s era. That coming from a born-and-raised-and-lived-in New Yorker I find a strange term to be associated with him. I find it very hard to believe he used that term even in anger.

    I find all those paps scum who are in their face aggressively day in and day out, but his rage has been a huge problem at times (but he is papped a lot without incident). I will still wait and see if all of this is truth or some of the story is true and some of the story is embellished.

  10. V4real says:

    Now let’s see if Alex gets the Mel Gibson treatment. Mel didn’t come close to what Alex was spewing about Blacks. Mel made one racial slur by saying he hoped his then girlfriend got attacked by a pack of (you know whats) and it was said under the influence of substance. As far as we know Alex was not under the influence of anything except stupidity. Let’s see if he loses his Capital One endorsements.

    On a different note The NY POST is the Fox 5 News of newspapers; their reporting comes off a bit racist at times towards minorities.

  11. andrea says:

    Because of 30 Rock, I really, really want to like him. But outside of the show, it really is almost impossible. From calling his young daughter a “rude, thoughtless pig” to this, he’s just never gotten better.

  12. lisa2 says:

    Alec is a grown ass man. He is not the only celebrity that has photographers in his face screaming at him. There are way way way more famous celebs that photographers stalk that you don’t see this happening to. He is a smart man and you would think at this point after so many incidents he would use his intelligence not to react and make this bigger then it would have been. If he actually called the Black photographer a coon then yes that is racist. And I don’t care what character he plays on 30 Rock. This is again the public thinking that the character an Actor/Actress plays is them. Well it is not. This is yet another story of Alec going too far. And people can say the photogs are scum and YES THEY ARE. But stop giving them what they want. He let’s his buttons be pushed too easily. And if he is so easily pushed by strangers, I can’t imagine the life of the people close to him.

    I agree with the comment regarding Mel.. if it had been him then the narrative would be different. I think Alec is showing exactly who he really is. And I’m going to believe him.

  13. d b says:

    I’ve seen him in action personally and he’s scary. To me Alec’s right up there with Mel G, maybe worse…

  14. e.non says:

    where’s the video… or it’s b.s.
    the nypost esp has a hard-on for baldwin.

  15. Sirsnarksalot says:

    I have an ex who is like Alec in this regard. He’s got a hair trigger rage response that’s way out of proportion for th situation. There is no medium setting and its never his fault….
    Get help Alec before you screw up another kid.

  16. Skins says:

    Funny how he hates the paps so much, yet his wife works for Extra. If you watch the show you know that he practically follows the camera around. They were probably sick of looking at him so the gave the wife a job. So I guess that makes her an “entertainment reporter” and it makes him a hypocrit. He should be glad that these people are interested in him, not like he is any kind of great talent. Guy just annoys me

  17. Chicagogurl17 says:

    You don’t ask a Baldwin personal questions, you don’t accept Chris browns invitation for a date and you don’t get adopted by woody Allen. These are things you just know. Although I think the Baldwin boys were raised racist and hot heads. A few of the brothers have said inappropriate racial things and almost all of them have been accused of some type of violence.

  18. Thiajoka says:

    Honestly, Alec Baldwin is the reason I didn’t watch 30Rock for so long–just started watching it late last year and finally caught up enough to finish it off. I’m a liberal, but I cannot hold with him representing our cause because his behavior to his daughter was so off-the-wall verbally violent. I kind of wish he’d just live a quiet life, other than his personal rages, and stop writing on HuffPo as a representative of the liberal point-of-view.

  19. EscapedConvent says:

    Well. There is a lot to unpack here. I am completely appalled that Alec was using racial slurs, because whatever else you can say about him, I didn’t think he would do that.

    I love Alec & always have, & if he really uses language like this, I am pissed.

    Plus, what the hell is with the “I hope you choke to death” shiz? He’s been saying that lately. I’ve heard it a few times. He needs impulse control desperately.

    This is someone who is sweet as pie when they’re calm, & straight-up nuts when their temper is roused. I think he needs a prescription.

  20. LeeLee says:

    New wife, new baby, money. What is this guy so angry about?
    Maybe his rage comes from his hair in that top pic. Hard to look at.

  21. Babalon says:

    I believe every word of this and sadly, none of it surprises me.

  22. JC says:

    This asshole always gets a pass. The way he talks to his poor daughter, the way he probably treated his ex-wife (and you watch, will eventually treat this current wife), and the rage tantrums. And yet, he’s showered with praise, jobs and awards. He is a narcissist of the first order.

    And now he’s using racial slurs? Kind of like Chevy Chase just did recently as well. And yet…no one’s calling for their heads on a stick. It’s almost…forgiven. Perhaps because they’re both avowed liberals? If Baldwin were an outspoken Republican and this bullsh*t tumbled out of his mouth, he’d never work in Hollywood again. The hypocrisy reeks on this one.

    • Blue says:

      This is very true and it is always someone else’s fault for setting him off. He is a 54 year old man, who has been in Hollywood forever and you’re telling me that he hasn’t gotten used to the paps and how to control his anger as yet. People are forever making axcuses for this asshat, so pathetic.

    • V4Real says:

      @JC a lot of posters misinterpreted Chevy’s comments. The Chevy comment was not meant as a slur. If you can recall the story Chevy was fed up with the writers and producers pushing the envelope with his character and the racial statements he made on the show, he wasn’t throwing out racial slurs. Basically what Chevy was saying was to the writers and producers were; ok look ” you have me saying this racial comment, then you also have me saying this racial comment, what else are you going to have me say the N word.” Chevy was saying that they were going to far to get a laugh with his character. There’s a difference.

      Look at it this way, I’m on a show that makes fun of small people. The writers have me use words like height challenged, then I have to use the words small person, as well as little person. So I say to the writers come on people that’s enough, are you going to have me called them a midget next. Chevy was frustrated with having to use the racial slurs and of course the media lead people to believe he was using a racial slur. Alex was just straight up being racist.

  23. lisa says:

    he once beat the crap out of kim in my brother’s limo when they were married. he called them a cab and refused to drive them any further. i dont think alec’s problem is only with paparazzi i think it is with all people who cross his path. i would have thought he would mellow with age but no. and i think he’s hugely talented so i hate that he’s such a tool.

  24. KellyinSeattle says:

    He’s a talented pig.

  25. Michele says:

    He really has a short fuse. He’s been throwing temper tantrums forever! Age, his new marriage and even a new baby-on-the-way haven’t mellowed him at all.

  26. Mac says:

    I can’t even begin to imagine what being followed and harassed by the paparazzi would be like. I know people can say they’re actors, it’s part and parcel of their job, they make them famous…but I would not be able to deal with it. I understand his reaction, in a way. And I mean, he’s ALEC BALDWIN. His history of anger issues is well documented. How can a paparazzi not expect him to freak out?

  27. Cait says:

    He’s disgusting and I refuse to watch anything he appears in for that reason.

  28. Jane Q. Doe says:

    Everything’s focusing on the ex-NYPD fella, but it appears the actual criminal charge could come from the female reporter that he actually grabbed and threatened. Why no more info on that?

    And frankly, who cares if the photographer is a former cop? Is that supposed to stop the Ragey Baldwin from yelling at him? It’s not illegal to call people names, but putting your hands on someone can constitute a battery charge I’d think.

  29. Junegorilla says:

    Barely any coverage about this on CNN. The post is characterizing this as a hate crime. I know that they are very busy following the toilets on the high sea coverage and all But I seem to remember CNN giving a lot more coverage to gibsons antisemetic rant. Liberals get away with everything with that agency. Now his yogadigger is twittering about how he is the best husband. Just wait until he’s calling her baby a little pig and tempting yogadigger to get real close to a cliff edge to see the view. Kim basinger is a very smart lady for leaving him

  30. xxx says:

    Of course they do their best to make him angry. His wife is pregnant for goodness sakes and he is also going to be more protective of his family. He is pushed and pushed constantly to become angry and no I do not find crackead, ex con, etc. offensive, you can only imagine the things they say to him to make him mad. I’m guessing a video will surface (why hasn’t it yet btw) if there was a lot of paps, the truth will set someone free. All of this is here say. He is a staunch liberal, even if he said the word coon in the heat of the moment, it may be terrible, it’s a terrible word but I find it very far fetched to call this man a racist. Prove it.