Actor Alec Baldwin has been accused of threatening to choke a female reporter to death and racially abusing a photographer after he was approached for comment outside his New York home.
New York Post journalist Tara Palmeri said she confronted the 30 Rock star as he walked his dogs on Sunday morning to ask about his yoga instructor wife's lawsuit when the actor lashed out at her.
The 54-year-old allegedly grabbed Ms Palmeri by her arm and said "I want you to choke to death", the reporter told police .
Baldwin then allegedly racially vilified New York Post photographer and former NYPD narcotics officer G.N. Miller.
The 56-year-old told police that Baldwin had called him a "coon", a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer".
When Miller said he was in fact a retired police officer and showed Baldwin ID to prove it the Oscar-nominated actor reportedly dismissed it as "fake".
Police were soon called and both men filed harassment claims against each other.
Baldwin tweeted about the incident a short time later.
"Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post “photographer’’ who assaulted me," he wrote.
In another post the star reportedly referred to Mr Miller as "Ralston".
"Moments after I tweet about the Post, Ralston, the ex-crackhead 'photographer' shows up at my door w 1 of Murdoch's nieces in tow," he reportedly wrote.
"Ralston claims he's ex NYPD!! That can't be!!! Ex NYPD don't become crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi!"
Most of the tweets were reportedly later removed.
"He could have said a lot of other stuff. But he used all of the stereotypes associated with black people,” Mr Miller said.
As there was no police officer present at the time of the altercation it is unlikely the harassment claims will go further.
Baldwin's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said the photographer’s accusations were "completely false".
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Fiona Willan