Actor Alec Baldwin is accused of calling a black man a “coon,” according to a police statement given to New York City police.
The New York Post reports the slurs were aimed at G.N. Miller, a staff photographer with the paper and a retired NYPD detective. Post reporter Tara Palmeri told police the incident began yesterday morning when she and Miller approached Baldwin outside his East 10th Street residence. She was seeking comments on a lawsuit against Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, regarding her yoga instruction.
Palmeri said Baldwin grabbed her arm and told her, “I want you to choke to death.”
Miller said Baldwin then went on his rant.
“He was saying some serious racist stuff,” the retired detective said. “He said some choice words about my mother, and he was telling people in the street that I’m a drug dealer.”
Miller said Baldwin even told him “suck my d–k.”
Police showed up and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, filed harassment claims against each other. The Post says Palmeri played an audiotape of the conversation for police. But the paper says neither claim will go further, except possibly as a civil case, because a police officer did not witness the incident.
The paper says Baldwin’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, called Miller’s accusations “completely false.” Hitzik, announcing Baldwin denies making the remarks, said, “That’s one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life.’’
Miller is a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, according to the paper.
Miller said Baldwin bumped him in the chest, but Baldwin told police the photographer “pushed into him.”
The complaint says Baldwin asked Miller to “keep his distance.’’ But the photographer says Baldwin was the one “too aggressive,’’ so he showed his retired-cop ID. Miller said Baldwin called the ID a “fake’’ and added Miller was a “crackhead” who “just got out of jail.”
Miller said the actor also called him an ex-con.
“He could have said a lot of other stuff. But he used all of the stereotypes associated with black people.”
Baldwin took his case to Twitter, where he posted, “Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post ‘photographer’ who assaulted me.”
In another tweet, Baldwin referred to Miller as “Ralston,” posting, “Moments after I tweet about the Post, Ralston, the ex-crackhead ‘photographer’ shows up at my door w 1 of Murdoch’s nieces in tow.” Baldwin has since removed the posts.