New York police arrested retired famous person Alec Baldwin on Tuesday after the actor was caught riding his bike in the wrong direction in Manhattan, and he blew up at the arresting officers.
In Touch Weekly broke the story: New York Police Department officers stopped Baldwin, 56, while he was riding the wrong way down Fifth Avenue Tuesday, and he didn't have ID. The New York Post quickly confirmed Balwin's arrest. (Which is, frankly, ironic — maybe if Baldwin hadn't loudly quit public life and surrendered his celebrity status, the cops would've let him off the hook. Isn't that how it goes for celebs?) The charges against Baldwin are unclear right now. It's also not known if he still in police custody.
But In Touch was given two conflicting accounts: one witness said Baldwin was "calm and quiet" while he was arrested, but another said he "went ballistic on the cops, screaming at them" earlier. So, which was it? Did Baldwin's famously hot temper land him in trouble again? Apparently so. ABC News' Aaron Katersky reports two summonses were issued for Baldwin "after police say he became belligerent."
In Touch had the pictures, too. A bystander snapped photos showing Baldwin clad in stylish exercise gear, probably picked out by his yoga instructor wife, speaking with police officers, arms securely in handcuffs and entering a police car. Unfortunately, Baldwin was also wearing an embarrassing visor during his arrest.
Update, 12:35 p.m. Alec Baldwin is now commenting on his arrest over Twitter:
Officer Moreno, badge number 23388, arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 13, 2014
Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera. The police did nothing.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 13, 2014
New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 13, 2014
He's three tweets into a rant about New York City. Stay tuned!
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