New York parking spat lands Alec Baldwin in anger-management class

Actor also fined after pleading guilty to punching man in row over parking spot

Alec Baldwin (C) arrives for a hearing at Manhattan criminal court, in New York. Photograph: PA/Justin Lane

Alec Baldwin (C) arrives for a hearing at Manhattan criminal court, in New York. Photograph: PA/Justin Lane

 

Alec Baldwin has 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 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 27th, to show he had completed the anger-management class.

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

Police said Baldwin was arrested on November 2nd and charged with misdemeanour assault and harassment.

He was released the same day and was met by a swarm of camera crews.

Alec Baldwin (R) as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live with Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort. Photograph: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU/Getty Images
Alec Baldwin (R) as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live with Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort. Photograph: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU/Getty Images

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 Mr Trump. He is also known for portraying network executive Jack Donaghy in the sitcom 30 Rock.

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 asked to leave 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-fiancée, yoga teacher Hilaria Thomas. – Reuters