'I punched a nun': Alec Baldwin jokes after pleading guilty for parking lot assault
On Monday, actor Alec Baldwin appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where he opened up about an alleged fight that occurred last year. Showing his great humor, the actor joked that he’d “punched a nun.”
The case even went to court and the star was given a fine and he had to complete an anger management class.
On her show, Ellen DeGeneres addressed Alec Baldwin’s assault case from last November. She prompted him to talk about the alleged fight by saying, "I know that there was an incident in New York..."
In response, Baldwin, 60, joked, “I punched a nun,” and added, “I pulled her out of her car.” Then he launched into an explanation of what had really happened that day.
"What had happened was, I had this argument with this guy. But what's interesting is that in New York – maybe it's the same here (in Hollywood) – there are cameras everywhere.”
1- At the Criminal Court bldg on Centre Street, I pled guilty to a charge of harassment, a violation.— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 23, 2019
In that bldg today there are 3 murder trials scheduled, one involving a white supremacist who killed someone in Times Square.
All the press was outside the courtroom I was in.
The actor continued:
"So they said I punched this guy, and that's not true, the cameras show from every angle that nobody punched anybody. But once that story’s out there, you know the D.A. never gets out there after the fact and says, ‘Mr. Baldwin is, you know, such a great guy. He would never do a thing like that.’”
The star explained that he’d thought the other driver "was going to run my wife over with his car when he was stealing my parking spot." Showing that he had no ill-will towards the other man, Baldwin joked, "he and I are best friends."
On November 2, the actor was arrested after a car pulled into a space his relatives were holding for him outside his apartment building on East 10th Street in Greenwich Village. In court, Baldwin admitted shoving Wojciech Cieszkowski, 49, who was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital with a jaw injury.
From past behavioral outbursts, it's never what it looked like and it wasn't his fault.— Kimbo (@kmbronner) February 4, 2019
The police issued a summons for misdemeanor assault and harassment to the actor causing the star to accept a plea deal that dropped the former charge. Baldwin was ordered pay a $120 fine and in March he has to verify in court that he’s completed an anger-management course.
While I don't condone your actions, I'm impressed you stood up and admitted guilt. The irony of coverage isn't lost though. An argument getting covered more than a racially charged murder is a tragedy.— Bearded Ginger (@MarkDetty) January 23, 2019
Afterward, the actor tweeted on the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation account that "the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much."
During his New York City court appearance, the actor had pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of assault and harassment. At the time, the judge had released him on his own recognizance but he was ordered to return to court on January 23 where the final ruling was given as stated above.