NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday afternoon after an altercation about a parking spot.
It happened around 1 p.m. near the corner of E. 10th Street and University Place in Greenwich Village.
Police say Baldwin was backing into an open parking spot when a 49-year-old man in a Saab station wagon came in from behind him and took the spot in front of the actor’s home.
Sources say Baldwin then followed the man to the Muni-meter, where the two men shoved each other. Then, the driver claims Baldwin hit him on the left side of the face.
The driver was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital. A man who says he’s the victim’s friend came back to pick up the Saab hours later, after it got a ticket for parking without paying the meter.
Friday afternoon, President Trump was asked about the actor’s arrest during a short session with the media on the White House lawn.
“I wish him luck,” Trump said with a smirk.
The president and Baldwin have had a contentious relationship, with the actor regularly portraying the president on the comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live,” much to Trump’s disapproval.
Baldwin took to Twitter to respond to the allegations against him.
“The assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false,” the actor tweeted using the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation’s account.
Back in 2014, Baldwin was arrested after being stopped by police for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.
Also that year, Baldwin told New York Magazine he couldn’t live in New York anymore because the paparazzi had become too aggressive.
Both cars involved in the dispute got parking tickets for not paying the meter.
Baldwin’s black Cadillac Escalade has been moved to a parking garage with the ticket still attached. The actor got a desk ticket for the assault and misdemeanor charges, and is due back in court later this month.