Alec Baldwin in angry dispute with NY Daily News photographer, while with fiancee Hilaria Thomas (Photo)

By on Jun 20, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, United States Comments

Updated: July 1, 2012 4:00 p.m.

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Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin reportedly had an angry dispute with NY Daily News photographer Marcus Santos on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, as shown in the photo below, while he was with his fiancee Hilaria Thomas.

Alec Baldwin (left) “pushing” NY Daily News
photographer Marcus Santos

Image Credit: Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News

According to NY Daily News that day, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas were leaving the New York City Marriage License Bureau after obtaining a marriage license when the incident happened, with the 54-year old actor apparently getting mad at Santos when he took a photo of him.

As noted in the report, Santos was standing innocently with two other photographers when the ’30 Rock’ star suddenly approached him angrily and popped him in his face; and later grabbed Jefferson Siegel, another NY Daily News photographer.

“He was looking mad. He said, ‘Step back, step back.’ I said, ‘We’re moving back.'” Santos was quoted in the report, adding that he told Baldwin not to touch Siegel and to step back but the actor reportedly moved towards him.

“He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.” Santos, 42, explained further, with Thomas notably keeping a distance behind Alec and was not there when the punch was thrown.

Baldwin, who was reportedly kicked off from an American Airlines flight last December after seen playing Words with Friends (WWF) at the gate of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), had a different story which he revealed on his official Twitter account.

“A ‘photographer’ almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboardedAlec Baldwin (@alecbaldwin) tweeted on Tuesday morning, right after the incident, adding later that “Ever since that English Queen took over the Daily News, they lie like the Post…”

“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.” Baldwin‘s rep Matthew Hiltzik was quoted telling to People.

“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.” Hiltzik added, contrary to the earlier claim of Marcus Santos.

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