Tuesday, Feb. 03, 2009

Where's Hallmark When You Need It?

Warning: Video contains explicit language

Actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger have waged one of the longest and bitterest custody battles in Hollywood history, but their vitriol for each other went viral in April 2007 when TMZ.com released a particularly disturbing voice mail that Baldwin left for his daughter Ireland. The message's highlights include calling his own daughter a "rude, thoughtless pig" and threatening to fly to Los Angeles from New York to "straighten her ass out." Perhaps the most damning part, though, is when he admits that he's not quite sure how old she is: "I don't give a damn that you are 12 years old or 11 years old, or that you are a child. Or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass." (Way to change the topic there.)

After issuing a public apology, the 30 Rock star accused his ex-wife of leaking the audio to smear his character, jeopardize his custodial rights and turn his daughter against him. In September 2008, during a publicity tour for his newly published book about life as a divorced dad, Baldwin told TIME of the telephoned rant, "Obviously, as most people can deduce, I was really speaking to someone else on that voice mail."

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