Alec Baldwin Accused of Hate Crime, Brings Up Arthur Ashe Donation. Huh?

The actor says the claim that he used a racial epithet is bogus. We feel the same way about his use of a charitable donation as a defense. 

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The New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force is reportedly investigating whether Alec Baldwin committed a hate crime against New York Post photographer G.N. Miller during a run-in this weekend.

According to Radar Online, Miller says that Baldwin used racial epithets against him as he tried to snap a picture of the actor. Baldwin called the accusation "bogus" and tweeted, "I find it ironic that my foundation's last grant was $50,000 to the Arthur Ashe Learning Center."

Well, who knows what really happened? It's entirely possible that he's been wrongly accused. But we find it ironic that he'd think a donation to an African-American charity would somehow close the case on whether he let some racism slip in a heated moment. Come on. Is this the new "But I have black friends?"

Read more at Radar Online.

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