Outrage as Alec Baldwin lunges at reporter in viral video outside Woody Allen's home

Alec Baldwin was wielding an umbrella when he lunged at the journalist while being confronted over the shooting on the sets of 'Rust'


                            Outrage as Alec Baldwin lunges at reporter in viral video outside Woody Allen's home
Alec Baldwin (pictured) was confronted outside Woody Allen's Manhattan townhouse (Twitter/@levinejonathan)
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Alec Baldwin had a heated encounter with a reporter and was filmed rushing towards him during a confrontation outside Woody Allen's Manhattan residence on Monday, December 6.

Baldwin, 63, was wielding an umbrella when he lunged at New York Post journalist Jon Levine while being confronted over his latest claims about the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the sets of his film. The reporter was grilling the actor about comments he made in his first sit-down interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos since the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie 'Rust'. Baldwin raised eyebrows during the interview as he claimed he didn't pull the trigger and fire the shot that claimed Hutchins' life, contrary to what the authorities have said.

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The latest encounter, which took place outside Allen's Upper East Side townhouse Monday night, saw Baldwin's wife Hilaria brandishing her phone and filming Levine as he hurled questions at him. "Mr Baldwin, I have to ask you, what brings you to New York City?" the reporter asked while filming the actor waiting at the doorway of Allen's home. "I asked you to leave," Hilaria interjected.

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Levine asked who lived at the property, sidestepping Baldwin's wife as she asked him again to "please go away." The actor turned then on his heels and launched toward the reporter. "You're not allowed to photograph onto someone's private home," Baldwin yelled, advancing with his umbrella at Levine as he backed up onto the sidewalk. Hilaria held her husband back as he repeated the statement, before the '30 Rock' star turned back toward the door.

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"This is not... this is public property," Levine responded after regaining his composure. "Go away, stop it," Hilaria said as an unidentified individual in a white dress shirt and tie opened the door to Allen's home and Baldwin stepped inside, gesturing for his wife to join him. "Did you really not pull the trigger? Do you believe it went off without you pulling the trigger? Was it a malfunction?" Levine continued asking as the door closed behind the Baldwins.

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Video of the encounter quickly went viral as the actor was mocked on social media. "Alec Baldwin does not argue that he did not cock a loaded gun; he argues that he "didn't pull the trigger" of a machine that can only fire if it's being manipulated by a thinking and responsible (or irresponsible) human being. He. Is. That. Human. Being. And. She's. Still. Dead," one tweeted.

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"Alec Baldwin looks like he's ready to go in his house and grab a pistol and kill reporters saying that he didn't pull the trigger because he knows the lib media has his back," another wrote. "Alec Baldwin didn't pull the trigger in much the same way that Bill Clinton 'did not have sex with that woman'," a comment read.

"Alec Baldwin defense strategy: If Alec is a method actor, bear with me...he could say that he was "in character" and therefore he...Alec did not pull the trigger but his character did," someone else offered. "Alec Baldwin is the only non-gun-owning American to have killed someone with a gun without pulling the trigger. Did he think it was an automatic as in you don't need to pull the trigger?" another quipped.
 

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Baldwin tearfully maintained in his interview last Thursday that he "didn't pull the trigger" and that the firearm just "went off" while in his hands on the New Mexico movie set on October 21, fatally shooting Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

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"I let go of the hammer, bang. The gun goes off. Everyone is horrified. They're shocked. It's loud," he told Stephanopoulos. "Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who it is, but it's not me."
 

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