Parking squabble lands Alec Baldwin in anger-management class

23 January 2019 - 18:05 By Gina Cherelus
Actor Alec Baldwin leaves court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, January 23 2019.
Actor Alec Baldwin leaves court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, January 23 2019.
Image: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Actor Alec Baldwin on Wednesday agreed to take anger-management training, as he pleaded guilty in a Manhattan court to a harassment charge for a November confrontation in which he was accused of punching someone over a parking spot.

The 60-year-old actor, currently known for his impersonation of US President Donald Trump on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment before a judge ordered him to pay a $120 fine and to return to court on March 27, to show he had completed the anger-management class.

Dressed in a dark business suit, Baldwin did not speak to reporters before or after the hearing.

Police said Baldwin was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with misdemeanour assault and harassment. He was released the same day and was met by a swarm of camera crews.

At the time, Baldwin denied striking anyone.

"Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today's story," a post on his foundation's Twitter account said after the incident. "However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much."

Baldwin won an Emmy Award in 2017 for his scathing impressions of Trump. He is also known for portraying network executive Jack Donaghy in NBC's "30 Rock" sitcom.

Baldwin has a history of losing his temper. In 2014, he was given a summons for disorderly conduct after an argument with police when he was stopped for riding his bike down a one-way street in New York. It was not clear what followed the summons notice.

In 2011, he was thrown off an American Airlines flight after refusing to stop playing a game on his phone before takeoff.

A year later, Baldwin denied punching a photographer who was trying to take photos of him with his then-fiancee, yoga teacher Hilaria Thomas. Baldwin and Thomas married in 2012 and have four children. 

- Reuters