The comedian and actor was facing charges of misdemeanour assault and harassment after a road rage incident on 2 November which allegedly took place after the other man reportedly ‘swooped in on a parking spot Alec was waiting to take’. Baldwin has vehemently denied claims he assaulted a man in the dispute. Prosecutors downgraded the charges on Monday to attempted assault and harassment; Baldwin entered a plea of not guilty.
The Saturday Night Live star was driven to the court house where he was met by four officers, who guided him in to the court house. ‘Mr. Baldwin is a public figure whose reputation has been damaged by media reports that claim that he punched a man on a New York City street,’ said his lawyer, Alan Abramson. ‘There is incontrovertible video evidence that has been turned over to the district attorney’s office that proves beyond all doubt that Mr. Baldwin never punched anyone. Mr. Baldwin did not commit any crime and we are confident that once this matter is fully investigated it will be resolved swiftly and appropriately in court.’
Law enforcement sources later told TMZ that the man Wojciech Cieszowski told cops ‘Baldwin struck him with his hand’. In the court of law, that description is more consistent with a slap than a punch and although it is still considered assault, it is less serious.
Speaking out for the first time after the incident, Alec, 60, blasted the assault charges as ‘false’.