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The New York Post reported yesterday that Alec Baldwin grabbed one of their reporters by the arm and said he hoped she choked to death and then called their photographer a drug dealer and a “coon.” The Post said they recorded the incident.

However, a source who heard the recorded audio tells Gothamist that there is no such racial slur on the tape. Not only that but despite having such hard evidence, the Post has yet to put up the recording. Gothamist speculates the recording the Post has is likely a recorded statement by the reporter and photographer.

They spoke with Baldwin who said, “I am fascinated that the Post seems to have cameras everywhere… and handheld still cameras that have a video capacity‚ÄĒmost paparazzi I know can shoot both with the same camera. And here we have a young woman there with a microphone and a camera, and they seem to have the capacity to record everything, and they can’t seem to produce an example of me saying a racial epithet.”

It’s kind of strange that Alec Baldwin is the one who makes the most sense here. When that guy is the voice of reason, you know you screwed up. It’s like Carrot Top asking you, “Man, what are you doing with your life?”

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