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Alec Baldwin’s trouble with paparazzi

Baldwin says New York Post photog’s claims of racist comments were ‘absolutely false’

  • Los Angeles Times
  • Published: 13:20 February 19, 2013
  • Tabloid

  • Image Credit: AP
  • Hilaria Thomas, left, and actor Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, have a paparazzi problem again, one that on Monday had him running to the store — literally — and her pulling out of teaching yoga classes for a week. Baldwin on Sunday reportedly had an incident with a New York Post reporter and photographer that ended with the actor and photographer both going to the police to file harassment claims against each other. Baldwin’s publicist Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement to CNN and other outlets Monday that the photog’s claims of racist and otherwise disparaging comments, detailed in a Post story, were “absolutely false,” specifically noting that the claim of racist remarks was “one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life.’” The Post had initially approached Baldwin to ask about a lawsuit filed against Hilaria by a former participant in one of her yoga classes.

A WABC team got up in Baldwin’s grill trying to pry a comment from him Monday morning, but the actor wasn’t playing ball — at one point picking up the pace to a jog to get away from reporters, as seen in the video above. Meanwhile, a pregnant Hilaria was standing by her man, even as she was backing out of some work. “Who is a better husband than@ABFalecbaldwin?, Mrs. Baldwin tweeted early Monday after the WABC attention. “He ventures outside our home to the streets littered w paparazzi & ‘reporters’ to get me melon.” The happiness seemed to end there, however. “Dear @YogaVidaNYC, due to the paparazzi situation, I will not be teaching classes this week,” she wrote Monday afternoon. “I’ll miss u & be back when these guys go away.” On a lighter note: The melon is a change from the pineapple Baldwin has said his wife was craving, even if he didn’t appear to be carrying “troughs” of it home from the deli.

“She was eating troughs of pineapple. I mean like tanker containers of pineapple,” Alec told “Extra” last week. “I didn’t eat pineapple before,” Hilaria added. “It was bizarre. I really wanted pineapple.”

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