Alec Baldwin and Daily News photographer Marcus Santos
Jefferson Siegel/The New York Daily News
06/19/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
He snapped Alec Baldwin's photograph – and then the actor, well, snapped.
photographer Marcus Santos says that the Rock of Ages
star, 54, got physical with him Tuesday morning as Santos stood with other photographers outside Manhattan's Marriage License Bureau.
"He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me, one time right in the chin," he tells the newspaper.
"He started shoving me and pushing me. Then he goes the other way."
But the 30 Rock
star's rep Matthew Hiltzik refutes the photographer's account, telling PEOPLE, "As Alec and his fiancée were leaving City Hall, a 'civilian' walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple. The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera. There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself."
Afterward, Baldwin, who presumably was getting a license to wed fiancée Hilaria Thomas
, later took to Twitter with a reference to the Trayvon Martin
"A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded," he wrote
, adding, "I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over."
Reporting by CHARLOTTE TRIGGS