Alec Baldwin refused to show his face to paparazzi after news about him punching a photographer made its way out. He stepped out of his apartment in New York draping a white sheet over his face and strolled down the street with his female assistant walking beside him while holding his suit.
Baldwin was angry for being portrayed as the bad guy in the story about his altercation with the paparazzo. The actor gave his side story on Twitter, insisting that he's not the one who provoked the scuffle. "A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded," he explained.
In another tweet, the "30 Rock" star made a Trayvon Martin quip by comparing the incident to the February shooting. "I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over..," so the fiance of Hilaria Thomas wrote.
"The photographer who assaulted me has (belatedly) gone to a hospital claiming injuries. Colin Myler and his NOTW scams come to NY...," he continued expressing his anger, referring to a web tabloid, News of the World, and its editor.
He went on, "Ppl who work in the entertainment industry keep appts w the press on a regular basis. Paparazzi assaulting you on the street duznt count. It's sad w the tabloid press. They attempt 2 provoke an incident + when it doesn't pan out, they say u did it anyway... #no1punchedany1."
Baldwin was pictured shoving a photographer named Marcus Santos on Tuesday, June 19 outside Manhattan's Marriage License Bureau. Santos, who works for New York Daily News, reportedly has filed an assault complaint with the New York Police Department.
The 42-year-old photographer claimed, "He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me - one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. He lunged at me like raging bull." Another Daily News paparazzo supported his friend's testimony as saying, "He [Baldwin] said, 'Stay away from me, or I'll break your f***ing teeth'."
In response, a representative for the actor issued a statement to PEOPLE to clarify the story. "As Alec and his fiancee were leaving City Hall, a 'civilian' walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple," the rep said.
"The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera. There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself."