Baldwin melts down on Twitter again
Alec Baldwin hates the tabloids with a passion. His attacks on New York's gutter press are the stuff of legend, so Daily Mail writer George Stark must have known he'd be in for some grief when he accused Baldwin's pregnant wife of tweeting her way through James Gandolfini's funeral.
Stark wrote: "The pregnant yoga instructor's social media feed was full of upbeat posts while the Sopranos star's friends, family and co-stars were gripped with grief at a New York Catholic church.
"Messages included a request for ideas about wedding anniversary presents and promotional notes about her upcoming appearance on the Rachael Ray show."
In return he got both barrels.
Baldwin, tweeting under the handle @ABFalecbaldwin, called Stark a "lying toxic Brit" and threatened him. Here's a taste of the spray:
"Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That's not true. But I'm gonna tweet at your funeral."
"My wife and I attend a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, and some toxic Brit writes this f***ing trash."
"George Stark, you lying little b****. I am gonna f%#@ you up."
Baldwin then wrote that he had fired his publicist and that he was quitting Twitter.
"How much of this s*** are people supposed to take? With these f***ing blatant lies EVERY DAY," he tweeted.
"My wife DID NOT use her phone, in any capacity, at our friends funeral. Now, f*** this twitter + good luck to all of you who know the truth."
The link to his Twitter account now brings up the message "Sorry this page does not exist".
However, the tweets must have scared the Mail and Stark because the reporter's byline was soon replaced with one that reads "Daily Mail Reporter."
This is the third time Baldwin has quit Twitter.
In December 2011, he deleted his account after a spat with American Airlines staff over the game Words With Friends.
He tweeted that an American Airlines steward had "reamed" for using his mobile to play the game just before takeoff.
He wrote later: "Let's play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM NY time, unfollow me.
He quit again in July 2012 two days after he marred his new wife, Hilaria.
She also denied the Mail's claims but kept her Twitter acccount open:
FYI I don't believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and I never would
My husband fights for me fiercely. It hurts to be misunderstood and it hurts to see your loved one in pain-even more so when she is pregnant
It is shameful the bullying that the internet allows for. "Reporters", "publications", and anonymous posters. Rage, greed and pettiness hurt