The actor is accused of using homophobic slurs against paparazzi, resulting in his show being put on hiatus.
Alec Baldwin has made another attempt to explain himself following allegations of him using homophobic slurs whilst he was being hounded by paparazzi near his Manhattan apartment. In a column he wrote for the Huffington Post, Baldwin addresses his latest run-in with the press and reiterates that he never once used any bigoted language towards the reporters.
After the week looked to be coming to an ideal ending, with the successful prosecution of his alleged stalker Genevieve Sabourin, Baldwin soon found himself on the defensive once again as the allegations of homophobia came flying in. In his latest explanation, the actor goes on to describe his dismay at having his show pulled from the air for a two week period, as well as further pleading his innocence and damning the power of the paparazzi in New York.
After reiterating once more that he "never used the word f-ggot" in the confrontation, he went on to state how disheartened he is that his show has been temporarily cancelled, conceding that the show might not ever return given the circumstances surrounding his dismissal.
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," Baldwin wrote. "My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on November 22nd itself, dealing with John Kennedy's assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show. It's heartbreaking to me that the show, meant to coincide with the actual anniversary, will not be aired that night."
He followed this by explaining how he fears for the safety of his wife and child, Carmen, given the scope of power he perceives the paparazzi to have in New York. He continued, "I am concerned for my family. In Bloomberg's New York, forty or fifty paparazzi are allowed to block streets, inconvenience homeowners, workers and shoppers, and make life miserable for my neighbors. Photographers have tripped and fallen on babies in strollers on my block. They have nearly struck my wife in the face with microphones. They provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react."
Alec voiced his concern for wife, Hilaria, and thier daughter, Carmen
"When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction," Baldwin added. "And then, apparently, I lose every time. If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theatre, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy decision. This country's obsession with the private lives of famous people is tragic."
Finally, Baldwin asks that no one "allow my problem to be MSNBC's problem," and pleads that everyone "please respect the privacy of my family."
The couple are no strangers to press intrusion