By Alexis Tereszcuk – Radar Entertainment Editor
As New York prosecutors investigate whether to charge Alec Baldwin with assault for a confrontation with a photographer outside a courthouse in Manhattan on Tuesday, the photographer who claims the actor punched him is speaking out in his first TV interview about the incident.
Daily News photographer Marcus Santo defended trying to get a snapshot of the 30 Rock star, explaining “I never hit him with a camera. How am I going to take a picture if I come too close?” to George Stephanopoulos on Thursday’s Good Morning America.
Baldwin, who joked about the incident on David Letterman Wednesday night, has said that “no one go punched,” which Santos disputes and says he is injured from the alleged assault.
“I feel headaches, and my jaw is hurting me,” the award-winning photographer said.
Santos described what happened, saying “The camera sometimes doesn’t get everything. Look at the angle you can not see everything. You see the punch landing, I moving back.”
He said that Baldwin hit him before the photograph was taken. “I was trying to move back to soft the blow. He just lunged at me.”
Santos and his attorney said that he has spoken to the authorities and they want “to see him prosecuted to see what he did so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Santos also said that he has nothing to say to Baldwin. “I’m just feeling so embarrassed to what he did to me. I like to take a picture and my picture be on the front page, not me be on the front page. I’m a news person. I record news, I go there and take my pictures I don’t want to be a part of the news.”
Baldwin — who was at the courthouse with his fiancée to take out a marriage license — is hitting back on Twitter, slamming the paper and their tactics of reporting on him.
“As the US Supreme Court readies to announce the health care ruling, (Daily News Editor) Colin Myler has ten “reporters” and “photographers” outside my bldg…”