Alec Baldwin denies using racial slur to refer to photographer

Actor Alec Baldwin (L) and Hilaria Thomas attend the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Actor Alec Baldwin (L) and Hilaria Thomas attend the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

NBC NEWS – Actor Alec Baldwin and a photographer have filed formal complaints against each other after a confrontation that landed on the cover of the New York Post, police confirm to WNBC New York. Baldwin and Post photographer G.N. Miller filed the complaints.

TODAY has reached out to Baldwin’s publicist for comment.

According to the newspaper, reporter Tara Palmeri and Miller, a former policeman turned photographer, approached Baldwin Sunday morning as he was walking his dogs in New York, asking about a lawsuit filed against Baldwin’s pregnant wife, yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas Baldwin.

The Post reports that Baldwin grabbed Palmeri’s arm and told her, “I want to choke you to death,” then used a racial slur to refer to Miller, who is black.

The Post ran a photograph of Baldwin holding Palmeri’s arm as she holds a small tape recorder, and reports that Palmeri played an audio recording of the conversation for the police.

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