Orphans star Alec Baldwin is on the defense after being involved in a heated confrontation with a reporter and photographer for the New York Post on February 17, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Baldwin is accused of calling an African-American Post photographer a racial epithet, a “crackhead” and a “drug dealer” during a street argument in Manhattan's East Village, which prompted police to intervene.
Baldwin denies making any racist remarks and, in a statement to THR, called the allegations "one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life." As flight attendants around the country now know, Baldwin has no problem voicing his opinions in a public forum. The actor took to Twitter to further respond to the situation, writing, "My publicist has just informed me that the 'photographer' from the Post is claiming I called him a racial epithet, prior to calling the cops...That’s kind of magical thinking, isn’t it? The Post accusing me of racism? Why did the photographer make no mention of this when the cops showed up? Cops make rather good witnesses."
Having just wrapped his seven season stint as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Baldwin will make his Broadway return in Orphans opposite Shia LaBouf and Tom Sturridge. The official star date is March 19.