Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty to Harassment, Must Take Anger Management After Allegedly Punching Man

Alec Baldwin was charged with attempted misdemeanor assault and violation-level harassment over the incident

Alec Baldwin appeared in court on Wednesday to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree violation of harassment nearly three months after he was arrested and accused of punching a man over a parking space.

The judge ordered him to participate in an anger management program and pay $120, according to tweets from inside the courtroom by Fox News producer Tamara Gitt.

According to TMZ, Baldwin’s team and prosecutors agreed to the lesser charge in a plea deal, and he’s due in court again March 27.

In November, Baldwin was charged with attempted misdemeanor assault and violation-level harassment over the incident.

During the arraignment, Baldwin’s lawyer claimed to have “incontrovertible video evidence” that proves the actor’s innocence “beyond all doubt.”

“Mr. Baldwin did not commit any crime, and we are confident that once this matter is fully investigated, it will be resolved swiftly and appropriately in court,” Abramson said, according to the Associated Press.

Baldwin also previously denied the claims in a lengthy social media post.

“Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false,” Baldwin tweeted hours after his Nov. 2 arrest. “I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realize that it has become a sport to tag people was many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment.”

In a follow-up message, Baldwin wrote, “Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos [sic], it doesn’t make the statements true.”

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In a court complaint filed in November, the alleged victim told police that the actor hit him with a closed hand, according to NBC News.

In court papers, prosecutors said that Baldwin had told police that the man “stole my spot,” and acknowledged that “I did push him,” as well as use a vulgarity to describe him.

A source recently told PEOPLE that while Baldwin does have a history of acting out, he frequently finds himself being “provoked and taunted and harassed” by the paparazzi.

“Sometimes he goes too far,” the source said. “But the things these photographers yell at him are more awful than you can imagine, and most of the world will never hear it. Because only the photos get released, of him looking furious and deranged. Or only the video of the minute he loses it gets put out there— never all the disgusting, taunting provocations he has to listen to beforehand.”

“He’s not some rage monster who is just going around indiscriminately beating people up,” the insider added. “Everyone close to him, of course, wishes he could just fully tune them out and ignore them, but honestly, there’s also a ton of empathy for why he can’t.”

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