New York press club condemns alleged photographer assault

New York press club condemns alleged photographer assault

June 21st, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

This June 12, 2012 file photo shows actor Alec Baldwin and his fiancee Hilaria Thomas at The Friars Club and Friars Foundation Honor of Tom Cruise at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York. A New York City news photographer says he was punched by Alec Baldwin outside a marriage license bureau in Manhattan. The Daily News reports that Marcus Santos was snapping images of the "30 Rock" star with his fiancée Hilaria Thomas Tuesday, June 19. Santos told the paper that Baldwin grabbed a second news photographer, then started shoving Santos and hit him in the chin. He then walked away. Photos on the newspaper's website appear to show Baldwin shoving the photographer. No police report has been filed. A call to the newspaper's public relations office wasn't returned. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Press Club is condemning Alec Baldwin's alleged assault of a newspaper photographer outside a marriage license bureau.

The press club released a statement Wednesday saying Baldwin's actions "should not be tolerated." They say he is a public figure and that his activities are "legitimate subjects of media interest."

Police have confirmed that Daily News photographer Marcus Santos has filed a complaint against Baldwin. They say Santos claims he was punched while snapping photos of Baldwin and his fiancée on Tuesday.

The "30 Rock" star says he was only protecting himself. Baldwin's publicist accused the photographer of being the aggressor and says the actor defended himself after the photographer assaulted him with a camera.

An NYPD spokeswoman says no charges have been filed and that police are investigating.