Alec Baldwin Arrested Over Bicycle Fracas
Actor Alec Baldwin has been arrested in New York for allegedly arguing with police who stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way up a street.
Police say the 30 Rock star was taken into custody at about 10.15am in Manhattan on Tuesday after becoming belligerent with officers who asked him to show some identification.
A photographer captured a shot of the 56-year-old being handcuffed on 16th Street near Fifth Avenue.
He was taken to the 13th Precinct for processing and released, said a New York Police Department spokeswoman.
Baldwin was issued two summonses for disorderly conduct and for riding his bike in the wrong direction up a one-way street, said police.
He is to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on July 24.
Police Sergeant Lee Jones told Reuters news agency: "He was acting in a violent, threatening manner towards the police officers."
On the Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter account, the actor tweeted the name and badge number of the officer who detained him.
He added: "Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera. The police did nothing."
A later tweet said: "New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign."
It would not be the first time Baldwin has lost his temper.
He was arrested in 1995 after assaulting a photographer who was filming his then-wife, Kim Basinger, and their three-year-old daughter in Los Angeles.
In 2007, he apologised when a voicemail came to light in which he called his daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig" after she did not take his call.
He was told to get off a plane that was preparing for take-off in Los Angeles in December 2011 after arguing with flight attendants who asked him to turn off his mobile phone.
Baldwin wrote a magazine cover story in February this year saying he was thinking of moving from New York to Los Angeles because he was fed up with the tabloid attention.