Alec Baldwin says he didn't yell a racial slur at photographer
Alec Baldwin shot down a report Monday that said he yelled a racial slur at a newspaper photographer.
Tara Palmeri and G.N. Miller of the New York Post alleged that Baldwin attacked them when they approached him for comment on Sunday. According to the Post, Baldwin told reporter Palmeri that he wanted her "to choke to death" then called photog Miller a "crackhead," a "drug dealer" and a racial epithet.
While Baldwin's rep confirmed the "30 Rock" star did say he hoped Palmeri would "choke to death" and called Miller a crackhead and drug dealer, but that Baldwin "absolutely did not make the comment of the racial slur."
"The claim of racist remarks is one of the most outrageous things I've heard in my life," Baldwin said in a statement.
Both sides of the scuffle filed harassment claims. The Post reported that there is a recording of the spat, but TMZ.com said there's no mention of a racial slur on the tape.
A source close to Baldwin added that the star has called members of the press crackheads and drug dealers in the past, and that he wasn't being racist in calling Miller those names.
"There's not recording of the racial slur because it didn't happen," the source said, adding that Baldwin's camp "hasn't ruled out" legal action against the reporter or photographer.
Still, state Sen. Malcolm Smith called for a boycott against Baldwin.
"If these allegations are true, then no television network or film studio should hire the veteran actor until he seeks help," Smith said.
The Post did not respond for comment by press time.