“Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a ‘crackhead’ and a ‘drug dealer’ during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene,” Leonard Greene reported Monday for the New York Post.
The story was noticed almost immediately by the right-wing Breitbart.com. “Isn’t it great to be Alec Baldwin?” asked Breitbart’s Larry O’Connor. “When you’re Alec Baldwin you can do or say pretty much anything and there are no repercussions. You can even call a member of the media a ‘coon’ and a ‘crackhead’ and still be celebrated by Hollywood and by the Left because . . . well . . . because you’re Alec Baldwin and you’re a liberal. . . .”
Greene’s story continued, “Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.
“The ’30 Rock’ star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, ‘I want you to choke to death,’ Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation.
“He then called G.N. Miller — a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post — a ‘coon, a drug dealer,’ Miller’s police statement said.
“At one point, Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he’s a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as ‘fake.’
“Cops were called, and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, both filed harassment claims against each other.
“. . . Although both men made police reports, it’s a case of he said-he said because the incident did not happen in the presence of a police officer.
“Neither police complaint will go any further, except in possible civil action.