It wasn't a ghost hiding under that bedspread. It was Alec Baldwin, just after shoving a photographer. The actor found an unusual way to hide his identity from photographers as he made his way to a New York City hotel.
Speaking to Charlie Rose on his evening program, Baldwin said, "People think I'm just out there decking photographers willy nilly. Nothing could be further from the truth."
The photo was taken as he and fiancée Hilaria Thomas were leaving the marriage license bureau in Manhattan. The 54-year-old is set to wed his 28-year-old yoga instructor fiancée in two weeks.
"If I'm slugging a photographer in front of the court house, I mean I'm dumb, but I'm not that dumb. There must be ten cops right there on the block," said Baldwin.
The actor sat down with Charlie Rose, alongside co-stars from the new Woody Allen movie To Rome With Love and he didn't, well, pull any punches.
"These illegitimate people, were it [up] to me, these people would all be deported to some island," remarked Baldwin.
The photographer, Marcus Santos, says it was Baldwin who went on the attack.
Santos said, "Alec Baldwin turned around, come after me and started to punch me and push me. I say 'Stop, stop! Don't touch me.' "
Baldwin said, "He almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera, so I just pushed the guy away."
On Charlie Rose, Baldwin joked that when he got home from the run-in with the photographer, his doorman already knew all about it.
Last night, Baldwin appeared at an American Heart Association event where we caught up with Larry King.
King said, "He's always had a problem with photographers. And someone told me that they got a little close to him, that a camera banged into him. If that's true, he had every right to push the camera away."