Alec Baldwin to attend anger management classes

The actor pleaded guilty to a case relating to a row over a parking space and will have to attend anger management classes.


NEW YORK - Actor Alec Baldwin on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a harassment charge stemming from a parking spot tussle and agreed to attend a short-term anger management program.

The New York actor -- whose impersonation of Donald Trump on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live earned him an Emmy award -- was released on conditional discharge after the Manhattan court hearing.

Baldwin (60) is due back on March 27 for a compliance update on his anger management class.

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He was arrested in November after punching a 49-year-old man in the face during a New York parking dispute, police said.

The younger man has already parked his vehicle and was attempting to buy a parking ticket prior to the dispute. 

Baldwin was initially charged with harassment and assault, but following negotiations with the prosecutor pleaded guilty to the lesser harassment charge.

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The actor, who gave no statement as he left the courthouse, is well-known for his strong personality and hot temper.

In 2014, he was detained by New York police for riding his bicycle the wrong way down a street.

In late 2013, NBC scrapped his late-night chat show after he allegedly subjected a photographer to a homophobic slur outside his apartment on the day that a Canadian actress convicted of stalking him was jailed.

And in 2011, he was thrown off a plane for "extremely rude" behaviour after refusing to turn his cell phone off.