Alec Baldwin: A look at the 'Rust' star's history in the headlines

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Hollywood is known for its notable characters, both on-screen and off.

Among those to have captured the public’s attention for decades is Alec Baldwin, the Academy Award-nominated actor who recently discharged a firearm he was told was “cold,” or unloaded, on the set of the movie “Rust.”

The incident resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza was also injured but is currently recovering.

Baldwin is one of four people to have handled the gun on the day of the shooting, so as experts look closer at what happened on the set, here’s a look at some of Baldwin’s appearances in the headlines over the years. 


Alec Baldwin tussled with a photographer when he was married to Kim Basinger and they brought their daughter Ireland home.
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When Baldwin, now 63, and his then-wife Kim Basinger brought their newborn daughter Ireland home in Oct. 1995, he tussled with a paparazzo.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Baldwin struck the photographer, allegedly breaking his nose.

At the time, Baldwin was charged with one count of battery when photographer Alan Zanger filed a $1 million lawsuit. Ultimately, the actor was acquitted after a jury accepted he acted in self-defense.


Alec Baldwin famously left a voicemail for his daughter Ireland in 2007, reaming her for not answering their routine calls and calling her a ‘pig.’
(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

An angry voicemail Baldwin left for his young daughter Ireland somehow got leaked online in 2007. 

Ireland, then 11, apparently didn’t pick up Baldwin’s scheduled phone call, prompting the actor to call her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” He said she needed her “a– straightened out” and that “she humiliated [him] for the last time,” according to People. The actor and his ex-wife were apparently in a nasty custody battle at the time.

“I’m sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child,” Baldwin said in a statement on his website, per the Daily Mail. “I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now. You have to go through this to understand. (Although I hope you never do.) I am sorry for what happened,” he added.

In 2015, Ireland posted a photo on Instagram mocking the incident, which she said was turned into a “bigger deal than it was.”


For several years, the actor’s public image soared as he earned an Oscar nomination, reinvigorated his career with “30 Rock” and began dating his now-wife, Hilaria.

However, come December 2011, Baldwin attracted some negative attention when he was kicked off of an American Airlines flight for refusing to turn off his phone while onboard.

On Twitter at the time, Baldwin wrote, “Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said that an investigation into the incident was a possibility at the time.

Baldwin’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, said in a statement to Fox News, “Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing ‘Words with Friends’ while parked at the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight.”


In the summer of 2012, NY Daily News photographer Marcus Santos alleged that Baldwin punched him in the face outside the city Marriage License Bureau in New York. The actor was there to pick up his marriage license ahead of his wedding to Hilaria.

The outlet captured images of the actor shoving the photographer.

Just days later, Baldwin lost his temper with another photographer, grabbing him by the arm and telling him to “shut the f— up,” as captured on video by TMZ.


Alec Baldwin confronted a paparazzo in 2013.

A little over a year later, Baldwin again confronted a paparazzo outside. TMZ reported at the time that sources alleged the photographer was the aggressor. However, the photog told the outlet: “All I can say is, I was doing my job asking him normal questions, and he flipped. That’s all.”

Law enforcement was called to the scene, and both men admitted to pushing and shoving one another and agreed not to press charges.

Months later, in yet another confrontation with the paparazzi, Baldwin was caught on tape by TMZ allegedly using a homophobic slur.

He claimed at the time that he did not use a slur and was misheard, but later admitted to using the harmful term and said on Twitter that he’d “retire” it from his vocabulary.

Not long after, his talk show “Up Late” was canceled.


In 2014, Baldwin was arrested and placed in handcuffs after becoming “belligerent” with a police officer who stopped him for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction down Fifth Avenue. At the time, Baldwin didn’t have any identification on him.

A furious Baldwin later took to Twitter to denounce his arrest, posting the arresting officer’s name and badge number in the process. His rant continued with a declaration that New York officials are simply “desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”

After the bicycle-related arrest, Baldwin told New York magazine he was ready to quit his public life and leave the city, an hour train ride from where he grew up on Long Island. He added, “New York has changed.”

“I think that the whole thing is more a reflection on him than on biking and the state of biking,” Caroline Samponaro, director of bicycle advocacy at Transportation Alternatives, told The New York Times of the incident in 2014. “He’s in the headlines a lot, and it’s usually something unpleasant.”


Baldwin yelled at a paparazzo in 2016, reportedly telling them to ‘shut up.’

Once again, Baldwin did not hold back when he was upset by a photographer in Beverly Hills, California.

When angered by the paparazzo, Baldwin was pictured standing close to his face and yelling.

The actor reportedly could be heard saying, “You’re a piece of trash,” “Shut up” and “Stay away from my wife,” among other things


The actor allegedly punched a man in Manhattan on Nov. 2, 2018, after getting into a heated argument over a parking space, Fox News confirmed.

The actor allegedly punched a man in Manhattan on Nov. 2, 2018, after getting into a heated argument over a parking space, Fox News confirmed.

Baldwin claimed he had a family member holding a parking spot when a man driving a station wagon pulled up and took it, police told The Associated Press. The men were arguing and pushing each other before Baldwin allegedly turned violent, officials added.

The alleged victim was treated for an injury to his left jaw and taken to a nearby hospital.

Baldwin pleaded guilty to a second-degree harassment violation and agreed to the district attorney’s recommendation that he attend a short anger-management program as part of his plea. He also had to pay a mandatory surcharge of $120.

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