Alec Baldwin Scolded, Vows to Stay Out of Trouble in Court Appearance
Alec Baldwin was scolded by a judge and vowed to stay out of trouble during a Thursday court appearance in Manhattan stemming from his bike-riding arrest in May.
Baldwin was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly got belligerent with the police officers who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.
The 30 Rock alum appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court the same day as Shia LaBeouf, with whom he was set to share the Broadway stage last year in a revival of the play Orphans before LaBeouf left the show over "creative differences."
Their shared court date was just a coincidence, but it paired stars who have become known for acting up, not just for acting.
"Looks like you have a short fuse," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin while looking over the allegations against him; they're violations, not crimes. After Baldwin repeatedly said he'd pay a fine for the May 13 encounter — though the judge said he was just asking for an apology — DeLury put the case on track to be dismissed if the actor avoids re-arrest for six months. It's a common outcome for low-level cases in Manhattan.
"Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?" DeLury asked.
"Sure, sure," Baldwin said.
"Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day!"
After LaBeouf pulled out of Orphans, he publicly tweeted private emails from Baldwin and others involved in the show. ("Sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation," LaBeouf wrote to Baldwin in one message; Baldwin apparently wrote back: "I don't have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word.")
Baldwin, whose career has included Emmy Awards for 30 Rock and Oscar and Tony nominations, has developed an ornery reputation in real life.
A voicemail of him berating daughter Ireland Baldwin came to light in 2007 (he later said the message horrified him), he was kicked off a plane in 2011 after refusing to stop playing a cellphone game, and he's had a series of run-ins with news photographers. After using an anti-gay slur in one such encounter last fall, he was suspended from his ultimately short-lived MSNBC show; Baldwin apologized and said he hadn't meant to offend anyone.
In February, Baldwin wrote a New York magazine cover story decrying tabloid coverage of his comings-and-goings in New York City, saying he probably needs to move elsewhere.