Alec Baldwin punches Daily News photographer after obtaining marriage license in New York with fiancee Hilaria Thomas
‘I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming,’ says News lensman
BY LARRY MCSHANE
Alec Baldwin shoves Daily News photographer Marcus Santos after leaving the Marriage Bureau Tuesday morning.
An enraged Alec Baldwin punched a Daily News photographer in the chin Tuesday morning for snapping his picture outside the city Marriage License Bureau.
The volatile “30 Rock” star popped lensman Marcus Santos once in the face outside the Worth St. office after apparently obtaining a license to wed fiancee Hilaria Thomas.
Santos was standing innocently with two other photographers when Baldwin, 54, approached with an angry glare.
“He was looking mad,” said Santos. “He said, ‘Step back, step back.’ I said, ‘We’re moving back.’”
Baldwin then grabbed a second News photographer, Jefferson Siegel, and Santos told the “Rock of Ages” star to back off.
“I said, ‘Don’t touch him,’” the 42-year-old Santos said. “I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming.
“He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.”
Eyewitness Goran Veljic said Baldwin’s face filled with rage as he went after the shooters.
Hilaria Thomas kept a short distance behind Baldwin after leaving the Marriage Bureau.
“He was like crazy, you know?” said freelancer Veljic, who takes photos outside the office every day. “There was an eruption of mad. … You’re going to get a marriage license, you should be happy. What happened with this guy?”
Baldwin, whose first marriage to Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger ended in a contentious divorce, had seemingly found serenity with his younger yoga instructor.
But his notorious nasty side surfaced on the otherwise happy occasion as Baldwin stormed away without saying a word. Thomas, 28, was not with Baldwin when the punch was thrown.
An unrepentant Baldwin presented his version of the clash, via Twitter: “A ‘photographer’ almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded”
Veljic said the photographers were hardly in Baldwin’s face before the enraged actor went nuts.
“They were away from him,” said Veljic. “Then he starts running at them. Pushing, very angry, his hands up.”
It wasn’t Baldwin’s first clash with a cameraman — the combative Long Islander attacked a photographer outside his Central Park West home in 2010.
More recently, the angry actor was booted from an American Airlines flight after ignoring directions to turn off his iPad.
And he famously insulted his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, as “a rude, thoughtless little pig.”
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