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Video evidence will prove "beyond all doubt" that Alec Baldwin didn't assault a man over a parking spot in New York City, the actor's lawyer says.
Attorney Alan Abramson pointed to the existence of “incontrovertible video evidence” as the key to proving his client’s innocence, the Associated Press reports. Abramson spoke at Baldwin's arraignment Monday.
“Mr. Baldwin did not commit any crime, and we are confident that once this matter is fully investigated, it will be resolved swiftly and appropriately in court,” Abramson said, according to the outlet.
The video Abramson referred to has yet to be shown in court, and prosecutors claimed in court documents obtained by the Associated Press that Baldwin admitted to police that he’d pushed the other driver.
The 60-year-old actor apparently did not enter a formal plea during Monday’s hearing. He's due back in court for another hearing on Jan. 23.
Baldwin was arrested on assault and harassment charges on Nov. 2 after getting into an altercation with another driver in Greenwich Village that allegedly turned physical. Baldwin and the second driver, a 49-year-old man whose identity has yet to be shared, reportedly began pushing one another after the unidentified man parked in a space that Baldwin believed a family member had been reserving for him, according to the Associated Press. Baldwin’s adversary claimed that the actor struck him in the face, the outlet reports. The resulting pain in his face and redness around his neck required a hospital visit, the man said.
Baldwin has vigorously denied claims that he assaulted anyone, taking to Twitter shortly after his release from jail to proclaim that news of the alleged fight was “egregiously misstated” and “false.”
“I realize that it has become a sport to tag people w(ith) 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.”
[Photo: Associated Press]
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