Whatever the opposite of marital bliss is, Alec Baldwin got a taste of it this morning, getting into an altercation with a New York Daily News photographer after he and his fiancée went to pick up their marriage license.
“He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me,” photographer Marcus Santos told the Daily News of the confrontation outside Manhattan’s Marriage License Bureau. “One time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.”
Santos filed a complaint against Baldwin and went to a hospital to be examined for injuries. In an interview with ABC News, he later said he was resting, taking painkillers and has consulted a lawyer.
That lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, told ABC News he expects to meet with his client and prosecutors on Wednesday.
Baldwin was keeping his options open regarding the possibility of filing his own assault complaint, sources told ABC News. As described in a statement Tuesday from Baldwin’s camp, Baldwin was the one targeted and assaulted by the photographer, who was “aggressively trying to shoot” him and his fiancée. The statement said that as a civilian tried to block his shot, 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.”
The “30 Rock” actor was obtaining a license to wed his fiancée, Hilaria Thomas, Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Baldwin, told ABC News.
The two have planned to wed on June 30 at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in downtown Manhattan, according to the New York Post.
True to form, Baldwin, 54, vented on Twitter.
“A ‘photographer’ almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning,” he wrote this morning, adding the hash tag, “
In April, he ranted on Twitter after a Daily News reporter and photographer snuck into and snapped pictures of Thomas’ yoga class, calling one of the staffers a “nutty b***h.”