Alec Baldwin opened up about Tuesday’s violent encounter with a New York Daily News photographer in an appearance on Charlie Rose’s talk show that was later re-aired on “CBS This Morning.”

In the clip, Baldwin claims he was not the aggressor in his shoving match with shutterbug Marcus Santos and denied once again punching Santos with his fist.

To the contrary, says Baldwin, Santos “almost hit” the actor with his camera and has “baited me before,” even allegedly camping out in front of Baldwin’s house.

The “30 Rock” star, who was promoting To Rome With Love with co-star Penelope Cruz, says that the story of him “slugging” a photographer, unprovoked, in front of a courthouse “crawling with cops” simply is not true.

“I’m dumb, but I’m not that dumb,” says Baldwin, who says the idea that he goes out “decking photographers willy-nilly… nothing could be further from the truth.”

Alec Baldwin Says Photographer “Baited Me”

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