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Alec Baldwin sues man who accused actor of punching him over a parking spot in New York


Nov. 05, 2019

“When two New Yorkers get into an argument over a parking space, typically what happens is they exchange a few sharp words and then move on with their lives," reads Baldwin's lawsuit, provided to USA TODAY by his attorney, Luke Nikas. "But that is not what happened here. Cieszkowski has instead made up a false story about the encounter and refused to move on unless Baldwin succumbs to his extortion demands.”
"Hospital records and video surveillance footage prove that it was a lie," the suit adds.
According to the complaint, Cieszkowski "suffered no cuts, no bruises, and no fractures. His scans all came back normal. In fact, Cieszkowski’s supposed 'injuries' were so minor, or non-existent, that his discharge instructions were to take a single dose of Tylenol."
Baldwin's complaint adds Cieszkowski's alleged lies resulted in the actor being "falsely imprisoned, held against his will, and charged with a crime he did not commit."
In a statement to USA TODAY, Cieszkowski’s lawyer, Doug Lieb, slammed Baldwin's suit as "absurd" and "a desperate tactic designed to silence Mr. Cieszkowski."
"Our client won’t be deterred from holding Mr. Baldwin accountable for his bullying," he added.
In May, Cieszkowski accused the "Saturday Night Live" Trump impersonator of assault, battery and slander in a lawsuit of his own.
"When you’re a star, they let you do it — hit ’em right in the face," reads Cieszkowski's lawsuit, provided to USA TODAY by Lieb. "Like the man he plays on television, Alec Baldwin is an entitled celebrity with a long history of verbally and physically mistreating others he sees as beneath him."
It alleges Baldwin "verbally accosted Mr. Cieszkowski, stood over his shoulder and yelled profanities at him, shoved him hard in the chest, and finally, struck him in the face."
The complaint calls the incident "physically painful and psychologically traumatic" for Cieszkowski.
Baldwin had to pay a $120 surcharge and give a compliance update on March 27, according to ABC 7 and Fox News. He agreed to complete a one-day anger management class to resolve the criminal case.
Baldwin has gotten into several public confrontations over the years. Some have led to legal trouble.
Contributing: Associated Press
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