Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to harassment stemming from when he allegedly punched a man during a parking dispute in New York City last year. Baldwin, who is recently known for his work as President Donald Trump on “SNL,” reportedly got into an argument with another man near 10th Street and 5th Avenue. The man swooped on the parking spot that Baldwin was going to take, according to reports at the time. He has denied punching the man. Appearing in a Manhattan courtroom, Baldwin agreed to the district attorney’s recommendation that he go to a short anger management program, Fox News reported.
The district attorney also said it recommends a violation charge of harassment in the second degree, adding that Baldwin, 60, does not have a criminal record. He will also have to pay a mandatory surcharge of $120 and provide proof of payment and completion of the anger management courses by March 27. Fox reported that the video and photographs of the incident will be destroyed under the law. Baldwin didn’t issue a statement as he left the courtroom on Jan. 23.
The longtime actor is no stranger to public outbursts. In 2014, Baldwin was handcuffed by an officer after getting “belligerent” when the officer stopped him on his bike after he was heading in the wrong direction. Baldwin “refused to [identify] himself, became belligerent, cursing and yelling. He was then placed in handcuffs,” the New York City Police Department said, according to reports at the time.
Alec Baldwin agreed to complete a one-day anger management class to resolve the criminal case. https://t.co/3DEhfUlzG4
— Newsday (@Newsday) January 23, 2019
“Don’t you know my taxes pay your salary?” he screamed at the time, the New York Post reported. Baldwin was “totally belligerent” during the incident. “How old are these officers?” he also allegedly stated at the time. “They don’t even know who I am.” “New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign,” Baldwin tweeted after the incident. He was removed from a plane in 2011 after refusing to stop playing “Words With Friends” on a flight. And in 2012, he was accused of getting aggressive with a photographer in New York. In 2013, another photographer filed a harassment claim against him.
NEW: Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to second-degree harassment, agrees to attend anger management program following last year’s arrest in New York City. https://t.co/omfIiFa39h pic.twitter.com/SsyA7zvkZY
— ABC News (@ABC) January 23, 2019
Remembering Celebrities Who Died in 2018
Penny Marshall, the actress and director famed for her role in “Laverne & Shirley,” died at age 75. Marshall died at her home in Hollywood Hills, on Dec. 17, after suffering from complications from diabetes, TMZ reported on Dec. 18.
George HW Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush died on Nov. 30, 2018, a family spokesman confirmed. He was 94. His son, President George W. Bush, released a statement on Twitter, saying, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died on Nov. 26. He was 57. Hillenburg’s cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to reports. In March 2017, he announced his diagnosis.
Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while he worked under the shadow of a likely premature death, died at 76. He died peacefully at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours earlier this year.
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” television series, died at the age of 61, the network said on June 8. The cause of death was suicide, the network said in a statement. He was found dead in a hotel room in France where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his program, the network said.
Avicii, born Tim Bergling in Sweden, was found dead in Oman. Police said there was no evidence of foul play but the official cause of death was not revealed by officials. His family indicated that he killed himself.
The Epoch Times Reporter Jack Phillips contributed to the report.