Alec Baldwin Arrested For Punching Stranger During Street Fight

The 60-year-old actor's infamous temper reared its head during a parking spot dispute in New York City.

Alec Baldwin was arrested on Friday for punching a man in the jaw during an argument allegedly over a car spot outside his West Village home.

Baldwin told police a family member was holding the spot for him as he attempted to park his Cadillac Escalade, when a man driving a station wagon pulled up and took it.

Police said the men argued and pushed each other before Baldwin, 60, turned violent. He was taken into custody and charged with assault and harassment.

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The driver of the Saab, 49, was reportedly taken to hospital with 'jaw pain'.

Baldwin, who currently hosts The Alec Baldwin Show on U.S. network ABC, has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years.

The first was in 1995, when the actor was arrested for allegedly slugging a paparazzi photographer in Los Angeles.

Baldwin in 1995 lashes out on a photographer.

He was kicked off an American Airlines flight in 2011 after allegedly getting belligerent with a flight attendant who asked him to turn his phone off.

In 2014 he was arrested for cycling the wrong way on a one-way street in New York City.

Baldwin, who has famously lampooned Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, immediately came under fire for his behaviour by numerous detractors.

Critics included Donald Trump Jr., called him a "piece of garbage", and New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.

The New York Post depicted Baldwin leaving the police station after his arrest as their Saturday cover story, their headline a play on the famed Saturday Night Live intro.

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