Alec Baldwin denied giving a knife to driver, said he gave him Taser instead, police say

The driver who has accused Alec Baldwin of giving him a knife and Taser told police the actor then “made some derogatory comments about his fiancee.” New York police, in the latest search for…

Alec Baldwin denied giving a knife to driver, said he gave him Taser instead, police say

The driver who has accused Alec Baldwin of giving him a knife and Taser told police the actor then “made some derogatory comments about his fiancee.”

New York police, in the latest search for evidence in Baldwin’s bizarre Oct. 16 arrest, obtained documents that show the 71-year-old Baldwin apologized to a fellow driver, stopping for nearly two hours after his ride-share incident, and said he was being truthful when he claimed to have handed a prop gun to a passenger to use on him.

While the documents do not say whether Baldwin had a gun, they show he gave police the impression he had.

Instead, the documents say, Baldwin “made some derogatory comments about his fiancee.”

“Alec explained that he yelled ‘cold gun’ when placing this item in the driver’s front windshield. He then explained that he did not have a Taser or gun and denied giving the driver a weapon,” the documents say.

The driver told police he didn’t know where the actor had gotten the gun.

According to the NYPD, it was not until Baldwin was in police custody that he said he gave the fake gun to a passenger and gave a false name. In an arrest report, officers wrote they found a replica Taser in the actor’s pocket.

The incident occurred in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. The actor, responding to a dispute about fares, offered a driver a ride with an extra $10, the complaint says.

The driver denied the offer and Baldwin became “agitated,” the police statement says.

“When the driver stated he was going to call the police, Baldwin allegedly pulled out a knife and gave the driver a verbal threat,” the complaint reads. “At this point, Baldwin allegedly reached into the driver’s car, gave the driver a Taser and he continued driving.”

Police say they then stopped the driver and arrested him.

Two days later, Baldwin became angry and sprayed an officer with pepper spray as he was being taken into custody, according to the complaint.

After his arrest, the actor tweeted that the officer “tried to break my wrist” when he “tried to arrest me.”

“Yeah, but I was smart enough to use the [expletive] DC baton instead,” he wrote.

In September, Baldwin pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. The episode, which is pending trial, comes as he has grown more protective of his own safety, according to his attorney.

“Alec has become increasingly concerned about his safety with the Trump administration,” his attorney Robert Gottlieb said. “Alec has called for respect for the presidency and his fellow Americans, but President Trump has showed no respect for either.”

Baldwin told CNBC last month that Trump “doesn’t hold on to facts and doesn’t tell the truth.”

He said Trump is “making it up as he goes along” to deliver a particular message.

Trump has been cagey about what he’s doing by referring to the “fake news” media and by talking about a bipartisan agreement on the federal government funding bill without naming the sources of the stories he’s citing. The president’s aides say his comments about the media and about North Korea show how behind the times he is, while others say his statements show him aware of the threat that radical groups pose.

The NYPD’s four-page misdemeanor complaint against Baldwin was first reported by Gothamist, which said it also obtained a certificate of lawful removal from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, making the actor’s arrest “non-criminal,” after a 46-day investigation.

If convicted, Baldwin could be fined $250 and sentenced to 30 days of community service.

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