February 11, 2010 / 4:41 PM / 8 years ago

Alec Baldwin briefly hospitalized after 911 call

<p>Alec Baldwin poses during the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, September 8, 2008.Mark Blinch</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin spent a short spell in hospital after his daughter called police saying she was worried he might harm himself, police said on Thursday, but his spokesman said there was a "misunderstanding."

The star of the NBC television sitcom "30 Rock" and recent film "It's Complicated," who lives in Manhattan, was taken by paramedics early on Thursday to a New York hospital where he spent about an hour before being released by a doctor, police said.

Baldwin is scheduled to co-host the 82nd annual Academy Awards show with Steve Martin on March 7.

A New York City police official speaking on condition of anonymity said that just after midnight, Baldwin's 14-year-old daughter, Ireland, called 911 reporting a dispute.

"She reported he made statements that made her worried that he might harm himself or take pills or something like that," the police official said.

Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Baldwin, said in a statement the actor was "fine."

"This was a misunderstanding on one person's part. Alec was quickly released from the hospital, he's completely fine and is at work today," Hiltzik said in a statement.

The incident follows a history of family troubles for the 51-year-old actor.

In 2007 he apologized to Ireland on national television after he called her a "thoughtless little pig," in a ranting voice-mail message that was made public on the Internet. This followed a bitter, six-year custody dispute over Ireland with his ex-wife, actress Kim Basinger.

He also said at the time he wanted to quit his long acting career, including his co-starring role as an egotistic TV executive on the popular "30 Rock."

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