Alec Baldwin charged with assault
NEW YORK - Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday and charged with assault and harassment after allegedly striking a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home, authorities said.
Police said the actor claimed he had a family member holding the spot for him as he attempted to park his black Cadillac Escalade around 1:30 p.m. when a man driving a black Saab station wagon pulled up and took it.
Police said the men were arguing and pushed each other before Baldwin, 60, got more aggressive. The driver of the station wagon told police Baldwin hit him with his hand, but wasn’t sure if it was a punch or a slap. The driver, 49, was taken to a hospital with jaw pain and redness in the neck area, police said.
Baldwin was released from a nearby precinct in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood about two hours after the incident. He was ordered to appear in court Nov. 26.
Baldwin walked silently past reporters and photographers to a waiting SUV on Friday afternoon. His publicist did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment.
Baldwin, the star of former television sitcom “30 Rock” and current host of “Match Game,” portrays President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” and recently started a talk show on ABC.
Asked about Baldwin’s arrest, Trump said: “I wish him luck.”
An ABC spokeswoman had no comment about Baldwin’s arrest, other than to say his talk show airs Sunday night as scheduled.
The most recent episode, with less than 1.5 million viewers, had the smallest audience of any prime-time program on the top four broadcast networks over the past week, the Nielsen company said.