Alec Baldwin continues to deny that he manhandled a photographer yesterday, dodging questions about the incident as he left his apartment on bicycle this morning. Oh, and he ran over the foot of a TV reporter in the process.
As he left his East Village apartment this morning, the Emmy Award-winning star of 30 Rock reportedly used his bike to knock down an Inside Edition reporter who was camped out to get a few answers regarding his documented assault on a Daily News photographer yesterday.
"Ouch, my back," the 5-foot-2 female reporter said after Baldwin knocked her down and pedaled on. "He shoved me and ran over my foot."
After knocking her down, Baldwin hopped off his bike, lowered his head, and trudged through the media battalion assembled to inundate him with a flurry of questions regarding his attack on photobug Marcus Santos.
John Nolte of Breitbart said of the incident, "How much of this is the media going to accept? Here you have an obvious menace manhandling reporters and all I've seen the media do in response is dismiss Baldwin's behavior," and we here at IQ are about to do the same and suggest that Alec Baldwin's behavior is actually pretty entertaining... maybe even funny, in a guilty pleasure sort of way. I mean for God's sake, look at this:
What in the hell is he doing? Seriously.
Last night, just hours after the melee with Santos, Baldwin appeared on TV to defend his actions as he left the New York office where he had just picked up a marriage license for himself and fiancee Hilaria Thomas. "The guy [Santos] - there was a person in front of me and he was blocking him. And the guy lunged and almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera," Baldwin said. "So I just pushed the guy away. But of course they all make it like I - my favorite line was from [the movie] John Malkovich - [The paparazzi] all screamed like they're political prisoners," he said.
"People think I'm out there just decking photographers willy-nilly. Nothing could be further from the truth," Baldwin assured us all.
Still, I see some desperation in Baldwin's eyes. Keep punching media figures, Alec. We'll keep writing about it.