Baldwin denies relationship with stalking suspect
NEW YORK (AP) — It was, Alec Baldwin said, "like something out of Hitchcock": He waits in the wings of a Lincoln Center stage before a movie-screening discussion. He looks out to see his tormentor in a front-row seat. She turns to him. And smiles.
That was one of several scenes in a personal drama the "30 Rock" actor described Tuesday, as the star witness against Genevieve Sabourin, a small-time Canadian actress charged with stalking him.
"It was nightmarish," Baldwin said during a morning of testimony that at times approached theater in itself. Sabourin unleashed a stream of outbursts — "He's lying!" for instance — that prompted a judge to warn that he might remove her from court.
Actor Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, who is accused of stalking him. He said that after they met she began leaving dozens of voice mails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Baldwin sometimes came close to playing director, dilating on points he wanted to make, telling Sabourin's lawyer he sounded nervous and musing about having thought of turning Sabourin's voicemail messages into a play. And the famously testy actor left court with an acerbic comment for news photographers.
Baldwin and the Manhattan district attorney's office say it's a case of an acquaintance with a movie star turning into harassment. Sabourin says it was a romance that fell apart.
Baldwin, 55, said he met Sabourin at a lunch with a mutual friend in 2000 in Montreal, where Baldwin was filming a cameo in the sci-fi comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash."