Alec Baldwin arrested in Manhattan
NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested in Manhattan on Friday. He allegedly punched a man in a dispute over a parking spot in Greenwich Village in front of 28 E. 10th St.
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.
The NYPD says the men argued and pushed each other before Baldwin, 60, turned violent. Baldwin was taken to the 6th Precinct on West 10th St. He was released a few hours later.
The 49-year-old victim was taken to the hospital after being punched in the jaw.
No other details were immediately available. A representative for Baldwin did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment.
The 60-year-old New York-born actor has had a history of public blow-ups. In 2013, he threatened Fox 5 News reporter Robert Moses on a sidewalk outside of his apartment, adding "you're as stupid as you look." Later on the same day, he threatened Fox 5 News reporter Linda Schmidt. He also got into her face and yelled, "Get the f— out of here" before unsuccessfully trying to get NYPD officers at the scene to arrest her.
Moses and Schmidt had been covering the trial of an actress who was convicted of stalking Baldwin and his wife.
Also that year, his MSNBC cable talk show was canceled after he allegedly yelled an anti-gay slur at a reporter.
Baldwin has revived his career by doing impersonations of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. He also recently started a talk show on ABC.
An ABC spokeswoman had no comment about Baldwin's arrest, other than to say his talk show will air Sunday night as scheduled.
Asked about Baldwin's arrest, President Trump said: "I wish him luck."
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.