It’s that crackhead, drug-dealing coon’s word against mine. And I’m a famous actor!
Or at least, that’s how I’ve chosen to paraphrase Alec Baldwin’s denial that he committed what his liberal / progressive pals would call a Hate Crime. Faux News:
Alec Baldwin’s latest squabble with the media may have him in some serious hot water.
An NYPD rep told FOX 411 the 54-year-old actor is being investigated following an altercation he allegedly got into with a New York Post photographer.
“Our hate crimes task force is reviewing the case,” the rep said.
The Post reported the incident on Monday, in an article that detailed their staff’s side of the story.
The story claims reporter Tara Palmeri and photographer G.N. Miller approached Baldwin outside of his East Village residence in an attempt to get a comment from the actor about reports his pregnant wife, Hilaria Thomas, is being sued.
The duo said they encountered an angry Baldwin who told Palmeri “I want you to choke to death” and fired a racial slur at Miller, who is African American.
Miller, who is a retired NYPD detective, told police the actor called him a “coon,” a “drug dealer” and a “crackhead,” according to The Post.
According to The New York Post, Palmeri gave police an audio recording of the heated moment with Baldwin.
Baldwin and his spokesman denied the allegations to a reporter with NBC’s Today Show.
“This is completely false,” Baldwin’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said of the alleged racial slur.
“The claim of racist remarks is one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life,” Baldwin said.
The division of the NYPD investigating Baldwin focuses on bias-related crimes. An act is considered a hate crime when the victim is targeted because of his or her race, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, the New York’s hate crime law notes.
The “30 Rock” actor initially posted a series of tweets about the incident but has since deleted them. He has, however, left up links he posted to various articles by the website Gothamist, in which he denies uttering the racial slur.
“If you want to put words in my mouth…I’ve certainly had my moments,” the actor told the website. “But this is not one of them. I don’t think I’ve ever uttered a racial epithet to someone in my lifetime.”
Well, far be it for me to state the obvious, not having all the facts at my disposal, but it seems to me that at the very least the facts of the case could be readily settled with a public release of that audio tape.
Were I Baldwin, I’d be screaming for full disclosure of this supposed evidence. In fact, that’s what I did when I was accused of committing a crime of harassment that supposedly came appended to it a letter directing me to cease and desist contacting that person I was supposedly harassing (who it turned out was a progressive shill with a history of inventing affronts).
Perhaps that’s the case here: that Baldwin is being targeted by a Vast Rightwing Conspiracy hoping to besmirch his Good Name.
In which case, let’s hear that tape and get his name cleared immediately. Because false allegations of racism, as conservatives and classical liberals will attest, is not a pleasant thing to have lobbed at you publicly.
(h/t Terry H)