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Alec Baldwin Denies Punching Stranger In The Face Over Parking Space

Baldwin faces assault and harassment charges after Greenwich Village altercation.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Alec Baldwin has denied reports that he got into a physical altercation with a stranger over a parking space.

The 60-year-old actor was arrested on assault and harassment charges on Friday after allegedly getting into a heated confrontation with another driver in Greenwich Village, NBC New York reports. The argument ensued after the unidentified 49-year-old man parked his car in a spot that Baldwin had been waiting for, the outlet reports. Baldwin was reportedly released from custody shortly after the incident and denied reports that he’d assaulted anyone in a series of tweets later that day.

“Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much,” he wrote via the Twitter account of the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation.

“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,” he continued. “Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos, it doesn’t make the statements true.”

The two men reportedly began shoving each other over a parking space outside of Baldwin’s home that Baldwin claimed a family member had been saving for him, police said, according to the Associated Press. The other driver told police that Baldwin struck him in the face with his hand, but did not clarify if the hit qualified as a slap or a punch, the Associated Press reports. Police say that the man was taken to a local hospital and treated for pain in his jaw and “redness” around his neck, according to the outlet.

Baldwin will be facing charges of third-degree assault and harassment, the New York Police Department told NBC New York. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 26, according to the Associated Press.

The “30 Rock” actor has become known in recent years for his impression of President Donald Trump, thanks to his frequent appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Trump was recently asked to comment on Baldwin’s arrest, at which point he responded, “I wish him luck,” the Associated Press reports.

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