According to people downtown, Baldwin wanted to celebrate his wedding day by shooting a papparazi, but unfortunately he didn’t have a gun on him at the time.
Sources close to Baldwin say that he likes to celebrate the big (and small) events in his life by throwing temper tantrums. “His new bride is in for quite a ride,” said the source.
“I don’t know why — you’re getting married, you should be happy. It was very unusual.” The photographer told Baldwin before getting punched out.
“I was scared. I moved inside. I thought maybe he was crazy,” the photographer said.
“Maybe he’s working too much,” the shutterbug quipped. “You should be happy, you’re getting married to a beautiful lady.”
Veljic said Thomas witnessed the entire attack by her fiancee Baldwin, and looked “surprised.” Not as much as she will be after the “honeymoon” is over.
In a statement, Baldwin’s publicist Matthew Hiltzik said, “As Alec and his fiancée were leaving City Hall, a ‘civilian’ walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple.
Santos was standing innocently with two other photographers when Baldwin, 54, approached with an angry glare.
“He was looking mad,” said Santos. “He said, ‘Step back, step back.’ I said, ‘We’re moving back.’”
Baldwin then grabbed a second News photographer, Jefferson Siegel, and Santos told the “Rock of Ages” star to back off.
“I said, ‘Don’t touch him,’” the 42-year-old Santos said. “I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming. Sources say Baldwin growled first, then attacked.
“He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.”
“He was like crazy, you know?” said freelancer photographer Goran Veljic, who takes photos outside the office every day. “There was an eruption of mad. … You’re going to get a marriage license, you should be happy. What happened with this guy?”
Baldwin, whose first marriage to Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger ended in a contentious divorce, had seemingly found serenity with his younger yoga instructor.
His notorious nasty side surfaced on the otherwise happy occasion as Baldwin stormed away without saying a word. Thomas, 28, was not with Baldwin when the punch was thrown.
WWN wishes the happy couple all the best on their wedding day.