Actor's Parking Spat Highlights Line Between Fact, Opinion

Law360 (February 5, 2020, 5:32 PM EST) -- A recent New York trial court decision[1] found that actor Alec Baldwin's public comments regarding a dispute over a parking space, in which an individual claimed to have been verbally and physically assaulted by Baldwin, did not rise to the level of slander. The judge stated that Baldwin was merely expressing his opinion of the encounter, and that, in any event, the alleged crime was not serious enough to qualify for a claim of slander per se.

Baldwin and the plaintiff, Wojciech Cieszkowski, got into a verbal and physical altercation over a parking spot in New York City. According to filed...

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