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Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Alec Baldwin: I don’t deck ‘photographers willy nilly’

As you may be aware, Alec Baldwin was involved in an altercation with a New York Daily News photographer outside of a courthouse Tuesday. The photographer alleges Baldwin punched him, a claim the “30 Rock” actor has denied.

In a round table interview with the cast of “To Rome with Love” on PBS’s “Charlie Rose,” Baldwin once again explained his version of the event: “The guy — there was a person in front of me and he was blocking him. And the guy lunged and he almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera so I just pushed the guy away.”

The photographer has filed a complaint with police, according to Associated Press, but no charges have been filed.

“I love doing this kind of stuff,” Baldwin told Rose of doing press interviews to support projects. “But this thing in the public, it’s tough. Because the press and the instant, social network, Twitter age we live in, people think that I’m out there just decking photographers willy nilly. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

He continued, “If I’m slugging a photographer out in front of the courthouse — I’m dumb, but I’m not that dumb. There must have been 10 cops right there on the block.”

Baldwin also lamented the violation of boundaries by the paparazzi press, a feeling his “To Rome” co-star Penelope Cruz echoed.

Watch a clip of the “Charlie Rose” interview that aired on “Good Morning America” below. The full interview with the cast of “To Rome with Love” can be seen here.The relevant section begins around the 24 minute mark.

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