Friday, April 20, 2007

Alec Baldwin Needs Help With Anger

The custody battle of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin took a nasty turn when a Web site posted an angry, threatening voicemail message Baldwin left for his 11-year-old daughter. The message, contained in the sealed court record, appeared on on Thursday. Baldwin lashed out at his daughter for missing a scheduled phone call, saying she was a "rude little pig" and threatening to "straighten your ass out." "You have humiliated me for the last time," he said to her.

Baldwin's rep released a statement saying the actor "acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child" but that "everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through for the past six years." Basinger's rep said, "I think the voicemail speaks for itself," and declined further comment.

Basinger and Baldwin have been fighting over custody of daughter Ireland for more than three years. Having finalized their divorce in Dec. 2001 after eight years of marriage, the couple settled on joint legal and physical custody of their only daughter, who lives in Los Angeles with her mother to attend school, while Baldwin, 49, lives in New York.

But accusations on both sides of violating visitation rights began to surface several years ago, with Baldwin accusing Basinger, 53, of having "a pathological need" to turn their daughter against him. Basinger's attorney, Neal Hersh, meanwhile, has said that Baldwin suffers from "severe emotional problems" and that he had been accused of domestic violence in the past. A court hearing is set for May 4th.


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