Actor and comedian Alec Baldwin is being sued by a man that he reportedly punched in the face last fall over a parking spot in Manhattan, according to The DailyMail.
The interaction took place in early November when an argument over a parking spot ended with Baldwin allegedly punching the victim, Wojciech Cieszkowski, Page Six reported.
The suit was filed in the New York Supreme Court last week seeks damages for assault and battery along with slander, due to Baldwin’s comments on “The Ellen Show” in February.
“On November 2, 2018, Mr. Cieszkowski’s life changed forever because he dared to park his car in a public parking spot on a public street that Mr. Baldwin apparently believed he owned,” the complaint, which was submitted to the court on March 27 says according to the DailyMail.
“Mr. 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.”
Cieszkowski claimed in his suit that the assault was “physically painful and psychologically traumatic” and caused him to suffer headaches, loss of sleep, weight loss and missed work. In addition to the physical trauma, the plaintiff claims that he “became a public personality at the center of a national media circus … overnight, and very much against his will.”
“Cieszkowski did nothing wrong, and nothing to deserve the indignity of becoming forever known as “the guy Alec Baldwin assaulted over a parking spot”,” the complaint read.
Baldwin, who is 60, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment at the time of his hearing, which will result in a $120 fine and the agreed upon anger management program.
“We have had an opportunity to review video surveillance in this case, speak with the witnesses, review the medical records and speak with the victim,” said prosecutor Ryan Lipes according to Page Six.
“Given that Mr. Baldwin does not have a criminal record, we are prepared to offer a harassment violation in the second degree with the condition that he completes the short anger management program.”