Alec Baldwin arrested for bike riding offence
Actor Alec Baldwin has been arrested in New York for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction on a one-way street and acting "in a violent, threatening manner" toward police officers.
The Emmy-award winning actor was taken into custody by two officers who spotted him riding his bike against traffic in lower Manhattan about 10am, police said. He was issued two summonses, one for the bicycle violation and another for disorderly conduct.
"He was acting in a violent, threatening manner towards the police officers," Sergeant Lee Jones of the New York Police Department told Reuters.
Baldwin, who portrayed Jack Donaghy in the hit TV comedy 30 Rock, was taken to the 13th Precinct for processing and was released by late morning, said an NYPD spokeswoman.
The star later launched into an angry tirade on Twitter about his arrest.
New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.
He also tweeted the officer's name and badge number and complained about photographers.
Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera. The police did nothing.
The Oscar- and Tony-nominated-actor is known for his incendiary temper, most notably exposed when a voice mail of him berating his now-teenage daughter, Ireland Baldwin, came to light in 2007. He later said the message horrified him.
He was kicked off a plane in 2011 after refusing to stop playing a cellphone game, and he's gotten into confrontations with news photographers.
His personal life also was splashed into public last fall when he and his wife testified against a Canadian actress accused of stalking him. The actress, Genevieve Sabourin, was convicted after a Manhattan trial that delved into what she said was a steamy date and years of the actor stringing her along romantically. He said it was simply a professional dinner that degenerated into her harassing him.
In February, Baldwin wrote a New York magazine cover story decrying the constant tabloid coverage of his comings-and-goings in New York City, saying he "probably" needs to move out of the city and suggested he may soon be calling Los Angeles home.
-AP and Reuters