Alec Baldwin on Arrest: It Wasn't Over Parking Space

Says reports have been 'clickbait' and 'egregiously misstated'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
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Actor Alec Baldwin walks out of the New York Police Department's 10th Precinct on Friday in New York.   (Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – What's not in dispute: that Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday in New York City. What is in dispute: what he was arrested for. While initial reports noted that the 60-year-old actor had been hauled in by the NYPD after he allegedly punched a man in the face over a parking spot, Baldwin took to Twitter Friday evening to dispute that account, per USA Today. "Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today's story," Baldwin tweeted from the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation account. "However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much."

In a second tweet, he continued, "I realize that it has become a sport to tag people w as many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment. Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos, it doesn't make the statements true." Baldwin has been charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. Police say a 49-year-old man was hospitalized after being punched in the left jaw during the incident, per CNN. Meanwhile, President Trump, whom Baldwin often portrays on Saturday Night Live, was asked by a reporter to weigh in on the actor's arrest; he simply shrugged and said, "I wish him luck." (Trump has previously said it's "agony" for viewers to watch Baldwin's portrayal of him.)

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