Alec Baldwin is suing the man who accused the actor of punching him during a dispute over a Manhattan parking spot last year — and the star wants a jury to decide whether he’s been defamed.
The “Saturday Night Live” actor — who plays a raging President Trump on the TV show and was once tossed off a plane and previously arrested for arguing with cops in real life — says Wojciech Cieszkowski lied when he claimed Baldwin punched him in the face during the Nov. 2, 2018, fight.
“When two New Yorkers get into an argument over a parking space, typically what happens is they exchange a few sharp words and then move on with their lives,” according to Baldwin’s suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. But that is not what happened here. Cieszkowski has instead made up a false story about the encounter and refused to move on unless Baldwin succumbs to his extortion demands.”
The “well-known actor” claims he “lightly pushed” Cieszkowski during the encounter, although the defendant turned around and lied to cops that he was badly assaulted, the papers say.
“Hospital records and video surveillance footage prove that it was a lie,” the documents state.
On the basis of that false report — about an incident the police never actually witnessed — Baldwin was falsely imprisoned, held against his will, and charged with a crime he did not commit.
“But the damage had been done,” with the allegations reported in the press, the former “30 Rock” and, “Hunt for Red October” star says in the papers.
The suit recounts how Cieszkowski pulled his car into the spot Baldwin was waiting for, but the actor suggests he was only upset because he thought the driver had come dangerously close to his wife and child on the curb.
The actor, who was initially charged with assault, ended up pleading to harassment in the case earlier this year — and was sentenced to anger-management classes.
Cieszkowski’s lawyer, Doug Lieb, responded to the lawsuit in a statement saying, “I think we really view this as a desperate and somewhat curious bullying tactic by Mr Baldwin.