Alec Baldwin Tussles With Photogs Outside NYC Marriage License Office

Police and the Manhattan district attorney were conferring about possible charges against the actor

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:52 PM PDT
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Alec Baldwin tussled with photographers Tuesday outside the city's Marriage Bureau, and police are conferring with the Manhattan district attorney about possible charges against the actor, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

Hours after the scuffle, an apparently still-angry Baldwin tweeted "I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over..."

The dispute erupted early Tuesday when the actor walked out of the marriage office with his fiancee, Hilaria Thomas, and was met by photographers.

"He was looking mad," Daily News photographer Marcus Santos said. "He said, 'Step back, step back.' I said, 'We're moving back."

Baldwin then allegedly grabbed a second photographer, Jefferson Siegel, and Santos told the star not to touch him, according to the newspaper's account.

"I knew he was going to attack me," Santos said. "I stepped back, and he kept coming. He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me -- one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me and pushing me. Then he goes the other way."

Santos filed a complaint against Baldwin, claiming the actor threatened to punch his teeth out. The photographer says Baldwin then punched him on the right side of his face, and says his jaw is sore because of it, sources told NBC 4 New York.

Baldwin's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik had a different account of what happened. He said in a statement that a photographer "aggressively trying to shoot the couple" became angry when a passerby interfered with his shot.

"The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera," Hiltzik said. "There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself."

For his part, Baldwin tweeted that "a 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded."

He later tweeted that the editor of the Daily News is an "English Queen" and that since his takeover of the paper, "they lie like the Post."

The Manhattan DA was not commenting Tuesday.

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