Alec Baldwin has a new memoir out, and like most things the sometimes-beloved actor is involved with, the release has not been without its share of controversy.
Yes, Baldwin opens up on his feud with Trump. (He even admits they have some things in common!)
And yes, he apologizes for being verbally abusive to Ireland Baldwin when she was a child (still hates her mom, though).
But Baldwin likely penned those parts of his memoir knowing they would spark some conversations that would hopefully lead to a boost in sales.
What he probably didn’t anticipate, however, is the brewing scandal surrounding the portion of the book that concerns a racy scene he shot with Nikki Reed in 2006 … when the actress was just 16 years old.
Writing about his experiences shooting the indie film Mini’s First Time, Baldwin had this to say:
“I was 47, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was.”
“When I found out, just as we finished, that she was 17, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different.”
Now, Dana Brunetti, a producer on the film, is claiming Baldwin is doubly full of it:
Brunetti says not only was Reed only 16 (not 17, as Baldwin claims), but that Baldwin was fully informed of her age before the scene was shot.
“My first indie film was Mini’s starring @AlecBaldwin who knew @NikkiReed_I_Am was 16 (not 17) and he didn’t mind,” Brunetti tweeted last night.
“In fact (Reed) was one of four actresses (Baldwin) had approved and her being the only one of those four repped by his own agency CAA.”
Brunetti went into greater detail in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter today, even going so far as to hit Baldwin with a Trump-related burn:
“It’s a lie,” Brunetti tells the magazine.
“I read it and was like, ‘What the f—. Of course he totally knew how old she was.”
“He knew before we even cast the movie. I think he’s been method acting Trump too much and he doesn’t know the difference between fake news anymore.”
Fellow producer Ethan Astrowski backed up Brunetti’s version of events, stating:
“What Alec says happened is not accurate. I completely corroborate that. We were on set every day.”
The scene was perfectly legal due to the fact that Reed remained at least partially clothed, but lying about it is still not a good luck for Baldwin.
And he was having such a great, relatively scandal-free year, too!
Oh, well. There’s always 2018!