‘Saturday Night Live’ star Alec Baldwin caught a break by being allowed to plead guilty to a lessor charge of harassment. According to the Manhatten District Attorney’s press agent, Baldwin was offered a deal to plead guilty to harassment, which was reduced from assault and battery and harassment. Baldwin was allowed to plead guilty to the lessor charge for a ‘conditional release’ on Wednesday. In November Baldwin was arrested and charged with assault for punching a man in the face over a parking spot on a New York City street.
The man that Baldwin punched was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. There were conditions with the deal that Baldwin took. He must attend a complete an anger management class before his next court appearance on March 27th. Baldwin tweeted that he never punched anyone, and ‘the press got it all wrong.’ There were witnesses that told the police that Baldwin did in fact punch the man, and the man suffered a bone injury in his face. The tweet has since been deleted, this was not the first brush with the law that Baldwin has had. He was accused of assaulting a photographer in the 90’s, the case was settled civilly and no criminal charges were pressed.
Baldwin was arrested in 2014 for disorderly conduct. In 2011 Baldwin with thrown off an American Airlines flight because he refused to turn off his phone. He famously was recorded calling his daughter, Ireland Baldwin ‘a little pig’, in 2007 when she was 11. He had apologized publicly to his daughter, who Baldwin had with his ex-wife Kim Bassinger. The ex couple were married from 1993 to 2002 after going through a public nasty divorce and custody battle. Baldwin was eventually awarded joint custody but had to undergo anger management therapy and take a parenting class. Baldwin was restricted to 90 minutes of phone calls a week with Ireland.