Hollywood star Alec Baldwin went online to apologise to fans for his furious voicemail message to his daughter, calling her a “thoughtless little pig”, that was broadcast around the world.
“Although I have been told by numerous people not to worry too much, as all parents lose their patience with their kids, I am most saddened that this was released to the media because of what it does to a child,” the 49-year-old actor wrote on his website.
“I’m sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now. You have to go through this to understand. (Although I hope you never do.) I am sorry for what happened. But I am equally sorry that a court order was violated, which had deliberately been put under seal in this case.”
A voicemail Baldwin left for his 11-year-old daughter, in which he can be heard calling her “a rude, thoughtless little pig”, was published on Thursday by celebrity news site TMZ.com.
Baldwin and his ex-wife, actress Kim Basinger, have been engaged in bitter custody disputes over their daughter, Ireland, since the couple divorced in 2002.
“In such public cases, your opponents attempt to take a picture of you on your worst day and insist that this is who you are as a person,” Baldwin wrote.
“Outside the doors of divorce court, I have friends, I have respect from people I work with and I have a normal relationship with my daughter. All of that is threatened whenever one enters a court room.”
Meanwhile, Baldwin’s lawyer, Vicki Greene, said she filed a court order “to determine how the tape got leaked and to determine whether actions should be taken again Kim Basinger, or her attorneys, or Harvey Levin (who runs TMZ.com) and anybody else associated with the leaking of the tape and the violation of the court orders to keep the proceedings closed”.
Ms Greene told TV’s The Insider that “anyone involved in this case should want to protect Ireland, so whatever happened was either intentional, reckless or negligent”.
The matter was set for a hearing on June 5, Greene said.
Levin said last night that he obtained the tape legally.
“I’m not going to talk about sources. I’m not going to say who we obtained it from,” he said. “We obtained this legally. We discussed it, and felt it was an important story, and published it.”
Basinger’s lawyer, Neal Hersh, said: “I am concerned that Mr Baldwin’s recent statement, wherein he attempts to shift responsibility to Kim and her lawyers for his issues with Ireland, shows just how out of touch he is with the reality and gravity of the situation.”
Basinger’s spokeswoman had no comment.
Baldwin has appeared in films including The Good Shepherd, Running with Scissors, and The Departed. Basinger, 53, turned from modelling to acting, winning an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the 1997 film LA Confidential.