Alec Baldwin strikes back at critics, vows to leave N.Y

Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:22pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin said New York City's tabloid media culture was forcing him to move out of town after a series of headline-grabbing incidents he was involved in last year, according to an article published on Monday.

"I probably have to move out of New York," Baldwin said in a New York Magazine article. "I just can't live in New York anymore."

Emmy-award winning Baldwin, who was repeatedly portrayed in press accounts last year as a hot-headed homophobe and bigot, struck out at prominent gay journalists who had criticized his behavior.

Baldwin described columnist Andrew Sullivan and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as the "Gay Department of Justice" after both men publicly criticized his alleged behavior and language.

"I haven't changed, but public life has ... You're out there in a world where if you do make a mistake, it echoes in a digital canyon forever," Baldwin said in a cover story entitled "I Give Up".

Last February, Baldwin was accused by a New York Post photographer who is African-American of using a racial slur.

Following "Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini's June funeral in New York, Baldwin called a British reporter a homophobic slur in a tweet.

The actor repeated his defense in the New York Magazine article that he did not view the term he used as a homophobic slur.

Baldwin, who grew up on Long Island, currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and new baby.   Continued...

Host Alec Baldwin speaks during the NFL Honors award show in New York in this file photo taken February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files