Alec Baldwin has been arrested in New York.
His crime? Rising his bike the wrong way up a New York street without identification. Pictures show the actor being handcuffed by officers and then getting into a police car.
There are conflicting reports over how the actor handled the altercation which took place in on Fifth Avenue – one onlooker said that he remained “calm and quiet”, while another said that he “went ballistic on the cops, screaming at them”.
Either way, his behaviour didn't seem to make any difference and Baldwin was taken to a nearby police station. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that he was “belligerent” towards officers while in custody, resulting in him receiving a ticket for disorderly conduct – as a well as a fine for riding the wrong way.
In November last year, Baldwin threatened to retire from acting altogether in a bid to maintain his privacy.
“If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theater, any component of entertainment is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy choice,” wrote Baldwin in a column for The Huffington Post.
“In Bloomberg’s New York...40 or 50 photographers... provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react. When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction.”
Alec Baldwin: Career in pictures
Alec Baldwin: Career in pictures
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Actor Alec Baldwin attends the 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' screening at Paley Center For Media in New York, 2014
2/20 Alec Baldwin on TV
Alec Baldwin (as Joshua Rush) in the episode 'Hanging Fire' of the CBS prime time soap opera 'Knot's Landing', 1984
3/20 Alec Baldwin with Kim Basinger
Actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, 1990
4/20 Alec Baldwin with Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin during Warner Brothers Studio Rededication in Burbank, California, 1990
5/20 Alec Baldwin at the match
Alec Baldwin at a baseball match, 1993
6/20 Alec Baldwin in Jay Leno show
Alec Baldwin during an interview with host Jay Leno, 1994
7/20 Alec Baldwin with Kim Basinger at the Oscars
Kim Basinger with her Oscar and husband Alec Baldwin at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons in Hollywood, 1998
8/20 Alec Baldwin at the conference
Alec Baldwin speaks to delegates having dinner at the Florida Democratic Party State Conference in Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando, 2002
9/20 Alec Baldwin at the premiere 'The Cat in the Hat'
Alec Baldwin attending the premiere of 'The Cat in the Hat' at Universal Studios Cinema in Universal City, 2003
10/20 Alec Baldwin wins Golden Globe
Alec Baldwin, winner Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical of Comedy for '30 Rock', 2007
11/20 Alec Baldwin on TV show
(L-R) Alec Baldwin, Edward Norton, Miley Cyrus, 2013
12/20 Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend the 19th Annual Artwalk NY at 82 Mercer in New York, 2013
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Alec Baldwin is seen in New York, 2013
14/20 Alec Baldwin leaves court
Alec Baldwin is seen at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. Baldwin testified against an alleged stalker, Genevieve Sabourin, who was arrested outside his apartment building in 2012 and claimed to be romantically involved with him, 2013
15/20 Alec Baldwin with Hilaria Baldwin, and model Ireland Baldwin
(L-R) Actor Alec Baldwin, host Hilaria Baldwin, and model Ireland Baldwin attend the 5th annual Inspire! gala hosted by Bent On Learning in New York, 2014
16/20 Alec Baldwin as host
Alec Baldwin hosts the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall in New York, 2014
17/20 Alec Baldwin at The 5th Annual Big Game Big Give Benefiting The Giving Back Fund
Alec Baldwin speaks at The 5th Annual Big Game Big Give Benefiting The Giving Back Fund, hosted by Alec Baldwin at Tribeca Rooftop in New York, 2014
18/20 Alec Baldwin at The 5th Annual Big Game Big Give Benefiting The Giving Back Fund
Alec Baldwin attends The 5th Annual Big Game Big Give Benefiting The Giving Back Fund, hosted by Alec Baldwin at Tribeca Rooftop in New York, 2014
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Alec Baldwin attends the 'Torrente 5' Photocall in Madrid, Spain, 2014
20/20 Alec Baldwin with Hilaria Baldwin
Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall in New York, 2014
His comments came weeks after his MSNBC talk show, Late Night With Alec Baldwin, was suspended for two weeks, after he allegedly made an homophobic slur towards a photographer. He was caught on tape seeming to call the man a “c**ksucking f*g”. He denied using the former word, but apologised for the second.
“I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry,” he said in a statement.
“Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behaviour like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support...I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work.”