Baldwin's rant might cost him visitation

April 21, 2007|By McClatchy-Tribune

LOS ANGELES -- Alec Baldwin could be barred from contact with his daughter after he left a threatening tirade on her voice mail, calling the 11-year-old a "rude, thoughtless little pig" and vowing to "straighten your [expletive] out" on his next visit.

The 30 Rock star's tape-recorded rant was obtained by the celebrity Web site TMZ.com after it was reviewed by the judge overseeing the long-running custody dispute between the actor and his Oscar-winning ex-wife, Kim Basinger. Infuriated that daughter Ireland failed to answer his scheduled phone call April 11, Baldwin, 49, launched into a screaming fit.

"I am tired of playing this game with you. ... You have insulted me for the last time. ... You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being. I don't give a damn that you are 12 years old or 11 years old, or that you are a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the [expletive]," he said.

Commissioner Maren Nelson temporarily suspended Baldwin's visitation rights, TMZ said. A hearing is set for May 4, according to court officials. Custody proceedings are closed.

Baldwin's lawyer, Vicki Greene, blamed Basinger's camp for leaking the tape and "hurting the child."

Baldwin's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik defended him in a statement: "Although Alec acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child, everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through for the past six years."

Basinger's rep, Annett Wolf, said: "The voice mail speaks for itself."

In his rant, Baldwin appeared to threaten the girl about what he might do on his next visit, which had been scheduled for yesterday.

"I am gonna get on a plane and I am gonna come out there for the day and I am gonna straighten your [expletive] out when I see you, do you understand me?" he said.

Baldwin ended the message with a string of insults. "I'm gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rotten little pig you really are. You are a rude, thoughtless little pig, OK?" he said before hanging up.

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