Reports: Alec Baldwin punches photographer

Alec Baldwin shoves Daily News photographer Marcus Santos Alec Baldwin shoves Daily News photographer Marcus Santos after leaving the Marriage Bureau on Tuesday morning. (June 19, 2012) Photo Credit: The New York Daily News

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Alec Baldwin's temper is at it again.

The "30 Rock" star wasn't too happy when he was greeted by two Daily News photographers Tuesday morning after he and his fiancee Hilaria Thomas, 28, walked out of the New York City Clerk's marriage license bureau on Worth Street in lower Manhattan.

Baldwin, 54, is accused of grabbing photographer Jefferson Siegel as Siegel was snapping pictures of the couple and of assaulting Marcus Santos, who tried to intervene.

"He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me -- one time, right in the chin," Santos told the Daily News.

A NYPD spokeswoman said Santos filed a police report, but no charges had yet been filed. The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment.

Baldwin's spokesman said the actor did not throw punches and was simply defending himself and a pedestrian who was between the couple and the photographers.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

"The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera," spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement.

Baldwin, who had a similar run-in with a New York Post photographer two years ago, took to Twitter to lash out against the Daily News.

After tweeting with the hashtag #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded that he was assaulted, Baldwin criticized the News' new editor-in-chief Colin Myler, who was the last editor at the former British tabloid News of the World.

"Her Highness Colin Myler . . . Please don't do to the News what you did to NOTW," Baldwin tweeted.

The actor later quipped about the situation with a reference to the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. "I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over," he tweeted.

The National Press Photographers Association was not laughing.

"Rather than make light of a national racial tragedy, I suggest that if you don't want to be recognized when you go out in public it is you who should be wearing something over your head," the association wrote in a blog post addressed to Baldwin Tuesday.

Coming soon: Newsday's Entertainment newsletter, for the latest on celebs, TV, more.

You also may be interested in: