Is Alec Baldwin going down the Mel Gibson road? A New York Post reporter says that when she approached Baldwin yesterday morning while he was walking his dogs, he grabbed her by the arm and told her, "I want you to choke to death." He then allegedly called a black Post photographer who was with her a "coon," an "ex-con," and a "drug dealer." Reporter Tara Palmeri, who had been asking Baldwin about the yoga lawsuit recently filed against his wife, apparently got the encounter on tape and played it for police.
The cops were called, and both Baldwin and the photographer, GN Miller, filed harassment claims against one another. Miller, who the Post identifies several times as a former NYPD detective, claimed Baldwin bumped him in the chest, while Baldwin claimed Miller "pushed into him." Humorous tidbit: The police report also claims Baldwin made "disparaging remarks" about Miller's mother. Baldwin talked to Gothamist about the encounter, calling it a "new low" for the Post and posing the following question about the supposed slur, "Why did the photographer make no mention of this when the cops showed up? Cops make rather good witnesses."