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Alec Apologizes for Attacking Daughter

Alec Apologizes for Attacking Daughter

Alec Baldwin just posted this message on his website in response to the angry voicemail he left his 11-year-old daughter Ireland:

“Thank you to everyone who has posted messages of suppport and understanding. Naturally, it is not best for a parent to lose their temper with their child. Everyone who knows me privately knows that I have endured a great deal over the last several years in my custody litigation.

Everyone who knows me privately knows that certain people will go to any lengths to embarass me and to disrupt my relationship with my daughter. In such public cases, your opponents attempt to take a picture of you on your worst day and insist that this is who you are as a person.

Outside the doors of divorce court, I have friends, I have respect from people I work with and I have a normal relationship with my daughter. All of that is threatened whenever one enters a court room.

Although I have been told by numerous people not to worry too much, as all parents lose their patience with their kids, I am most saddened that this was released to the media because of what it does to a child.

I’m sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now. You have to go through this to understand. (Although I hope you never do.)

I am sorry for what happened. But I am equally sorry that a court order was violated, which had deliberately been put under seal in this case. Once my book is published, I’m sure more people will understand the incredible strains created by parental alienation.

In the meantime, I’m sorry to anyone who’s taken offense from this episode.”

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Posted to: Alec Baldwin, Celebrity Babies, Ireland Baldwin, Kim Basinger

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  • Purple Worm

    apologize to your daughter, d**kwad. she’s your best hope for redemption – not the public or you so-called fans. it makes me physically sick to imagine what it must have been like for that poor child to hear such a dreadful tirade. for that to go public is just what you deserve, you poor pathetic man.

  • Cailee

    It’s pretty sad that he is appoligizing to everyone else But his daughter.
    Get off your high horse Alec and appoligize to your daughter! what a Loser

  • amara

    Baldwin is sick and what he did to his daughter is unforgivable but if Kim Basinger released this voicemail of his calling his child a pig. I think that she is the worst parent its one thing to know you father is a monster but yet another to have to live with the knowledge that everyone knows what he said to you. They both disgust me as parents and this child appears to have been abused and used by both these self-involved opportunists. Kim releasing that message assured she would get custody. If she really cared about her daugher as deeply as she wants everyone to think she does, that message would have only gone to the lawyers and she would have won custody. This strike is called decimation. They both forgot about their kid. It’s sick. I hope they both have saved money for the therapy bills this little girl will need. Imagine her going to school on Monday with her school mates knowing that her father has so little regard for her feelings.

  • Pitchajarun

    Wat a loser, a backtracking caught out loser. And for “everyone who knows him” – and still accepts what he did as a normal thing that all parents do to their children…. you are losers too. I hope I never see him in another movie, tv series, tv advert, anything, in fact i’m gonna boycott anything he’s in, he sucked as an actor anyway, no great loss. he doesn’t deserve the privileges that fame brings these people, lets us the public take it back off him.


    Please people….lay off the guy…all parents screw up at one point or another…is no big deal…can you imagine all the poison that kid has inside….

    mother bickers, father bickers….some families are just THAT screwed up!

    get over it!

  • Pitchajarun

    amara Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I dont agree with you amara, the truth is better out there, otherwise how can he change when is disgusting behaviour is hidden all the time? what is happening now through peoples reactions is natural social law, the public and his peers now know what he is like and will not accept his behaviour and he will step back into line through shame and embarrassment, which is as good a reason or motivation as any if it works.

  • Pamgela Texas

    There is no excuse for such a tirade with anyone, whether it’s your daughter or a stranger. Alec has a great opportunity right now to acknowledge that his tone was inexcusable. That no one should be spoken to in that tone. His website letter is defensive and doesn’t show that he has learned anything. The words are not the issue, it’s the tone. You can tell in his tone that he was just as easily killed his daughter for what “she has done to him.” do you smell victim here? victim/martyr is the same coin. Hmmm….parental alienation…wonder why? Do you think that maybe he has had anything to do with this??? Hmmm…ya thunk? Look, nobody is perfect. Alec would benefit greatly from some deep introspection, maybe take the Landmark that would be incredible for him, his daughter and the ex.

  • april

    too little too late, sorry Alec Baldwin your still an abuser

  • Pitchajarun

    NO LOVE Says:

    April 20th, 2007 at 5:48 pm – flag comment
    Please people….lay off the guy…all parents s


  • AddictedtoBAMPZs

    This statement does no good. It is too late. Even if this were the only time in his entire relationship with his child he ever used words and threats like this(which I doubt), they are forever emblazoned in his child’s thoughts. She will never forget, may never forgive. These parents are the classic case of throwing the baby (literally in this case) out with the bathwater. So intent on defeating one another they no longer really care about what they are supposedly fighting to win.

  • Sawyer

    I get what he’s saying about being alienated from his daughter. I really know how he feels. But I would NEVER speak to my daughter that way. No one should ever take their frustration out on their child and verbally abuse their child like he did. There is no coming back from this. He doesn’t even know how old his daughter is!

  • Sophie

    Hey awesome picture choice Jared :) you are enjoying this!! I mean not the child abuse, of course, but you know what I mean.

  • Sophie

    BTW, look at how muck make up he’s wearing!!!

  • aqtpie

    I agree with you Amara, they both disgust me too and I think the mother leaked the voice message, on purpose. It’s one thing to take the message to court and let them hear it; in order to stop contact visitations. But she knew what she was doing when she leaked it, and knew what the purpose of leaking it was for. They have being like the paddles of the game ping pong and using their daughter as the ball for years. Maybe Kim doesn’t verbally abuse her daughter like Alec, but you can tell she is being mentally abused by both. It’s sad that two adults can’t get along enough for the sake of their daughter that she has to have her own special phone; just for him to call. Sad and disgusting!!! I hope she grows up and leaves them both to wallow in their miseries by themselves.

  • sue

    When did he become such a loud-mouth bruiser? Whatever happened to his Beetlejuice days? Back then he seemed like such a classy nice guy. hmmmm

  • Suzy

    No child deserves to be spoken to like that no matter what the circumstance! I don’t care what Mr. Baldwin has endured or from whom….there should be no excuses. That is abuse, and something his daughter will never forget…

    His supposed “people” who know him privately are idiots for accepting this sort of behavior…

    No wonder he is divorced.

  • lovetoreply

    Just because he hasn’t publicly apologized to his daughter doesn’t mean that he hasn’t.
    When parents go off the handle they usually realize it as soon as they calm down and apologize directly or buy your love back from the guilt.

    Wasn’t there a story a while ago about how the wife was making chocolates with messages on them for Ireland? Like “you’re all mommy has” and crazy shit like that?

  • celeb watcher

    Kim probably just wants to keep her away from the jerk. I can’t say I blame her.

  • Parent

    He is sick! The only reason he is sorry is because he got caught! No matter how angry parents get, there is no excuse for such abusive behavior.

  • Ashley

    There are some people who still don’t find Alec’s lashing out to be abuse. Let’s have a little lesson here:

    When someone hits, punches, smacks you, that’s called physical abuse.

    When someone berates, insults, and demeans you, that is mental abuse – you’re being verbally attacked.

    Now, not every fight or argument is abuse, but when it’s directed at an 11 year old girl – that’s different. Even though we don’t know all the circumstances surrounding the message, any child who is treated like this has been abused.

  • Juno

    Whether you like it or not, it is normal for a parent to get angry with a child. Sometimes our children will push our buttons to see how far and how much they can get away with. IF you are in denial with this situation, you must have a pretty spoiled kid. Yes, we must love our children, but at the same token discipline is just as necessary.
    The saddest part of his and Kim B’s situation is why the hell they couldn’t get along for the sake of their child. They are both at fault for setting a bad example of how unforgiving and vengeful a person can be. Their daughter will pick this attitude, and will continue this cycle when she eventually will have her own family. And these cycle are hard to break. Sad………

  • [Fug Face [x]]

    alec, dont apologize to that disrespectful little pig! her and her dis-gus-ting mother.

  • T

    I can’t help but take his side. The impression I get of kim basinger isn’t a good one, and 12 year olds can be brats let alone ones that are millionaires and if he’s the only one that gives her any discipline are harsh reality phone call might be neccessary. The sickest part of this whole thing is that his private phone conversations can be released to the public for us to comment on.

  • NORA

    Let’s have a reality check here… Whether you can admit or not, every single family has some form of dysfunction, and most of us are likely to be in denial or keep it as a family secret. Dysfuntion can be as mild as a parent playing favortism on a child or bad as physical violence…. But when a divorce playes into the dysfunction, it gets ten times worse. I believe both Alec and Kim have issues and both are at fault… It’s equally bad that Kim would publicly humilate her own family (meaning herself and her ONLY child) by leaking this information at the expense of her daughter. I find this to be is worse than her ex husband, who also has a lot of issues, losing himself.

  • Heidi

    It is not a fact that Kim Basinger released the tape.

  • MJ

    What a jerk! Ireland’s mom and dad both have poor parenting skills but Alec Baldwin is disgusting. I hope he loses visitation rights.

  • Lalo

    T Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:05 pm – flag comment

    The sickest part of this whole thing is that his private phone conversations can be released to the public for us to comment on.

    Umm, that was not a “conversation”. That was pure abuse and abusers need to be recognized/exposed so that they can be treated. Beside, if it was a somewhat normal message and not a diatribe directed at a child, then no one would care to put it out for public consumption. It would be a non news item.

    Good for Kim if she did leak such a vile message & attack to her daughter. This is perhaps her desperate attempt to shed light on how sick and abusive Alec is to them. Apparently he gave them solid proof and substantial material to work with! As for the daughter being hurt that her mother might have leaked this to the public…you don’t think she’s already hurt from all the years of (and private) abuse from her father? Kinda sad that Alec can be so riled up to spew such a horrible message to a child – his own no less. Horrible man. Hope this ends his career and his few friends abandon him. Then he’ll have something to be really angry about. Pick on someone your own size, Alec! What a piece of turd.

  • Shar

    I have two children and believe me it is not hard at all to yell at them and say bad things that you regret as soon as they come out of your mouth. When you’re angry you are not behaving in an rational manner. I’m not excusing what Alec did but I do understand.

  • R

    Based on this exact quote from the tirade…:

    “And this crap you pull on me with this goddamn phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother and you do it to me constantly and over and over again.”

    …this has nothing to do w/the kid. This fu*ktard is angry w/Kim, and completely taking it out on the poor kid. Nowadays parents are so effing self-involved, no wonder some kids turn out like they do.

  • inkwerty’shumbleopinion

    let me guess… next stop……REHAB ……. LOL! LOSER!

  • magnus

    u people are demented

    you’re all the losers. he’s the world famous millionaire actor.

  • Hannah

    Nope, not us Magnus, but maybe you and Alec?

  • kissmybutt

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  • dali

    It is also abuse for a parent to take a private dispute and make it public. By leaking the recording she probably not only violated a judge’s order but also violated her daughter’s privacy. In her attempt to publicly discredit her ex she exposed her daughter to more ugliness. If you ask me both parents have some serious issues and their feud seems to be more important than their daughter’s well being.

  • kissmybutt

    crap, it messed up. It was supposed to be a pic of a big FAT BUTT!

  • Gds D

    I hope a judge takes the bold step of having Ireland removed and both parents have to have monitored visits until custody is settled. Kim doesn’t seem to have a lot going on in her career and yes I know she is in a movie this summer, but her last piece of crap that was on Lifetime was an embarrassment. She needs Alec’s paycheck to keep up her lifestyle, she too mentally unstable to realize she is undercutting herself by trying to destroy Alec.

  • pam

    He calls his daughter’s mother his opponent and is equally sorry this was leaked!!! What a tool!!!!!!! Empty apologies.

  • You/Me

    I still say GET A ROPE!

  • essie

    i agree with you poster #3!!

    it’s such bullcrap to use the media to get pity marks..

  • Laur

    you people are all retarded. Get a life. Leave the guy alone you have no idea what going through a custody battle does to a person, let alone one where the 2 parents HATE each other. Your all morons. When your perfect come back and bash anyone you want but until then shut the f**K up!

  • lizzie

    The sadness here is that two totally dysfunctional people had a child together, and that child will end up being a manipulating dysfunctional. The next generation of pain.

  • http://u GeekSquad

    32 people dead at virginia tech and we have this to discuss, i’m sad for america! I’m on here too,so i’m just as bad. but i’ve been wearing a little ribbon in the vtech colors to show my support from ohio cause i know i can’t make a change from here.

  • BoBo

    Losing your temper??? My God he verbally abused the poor little girl! I’m betting it was a one time only thing either.

    He should have no parental rights or visits. He’s a horrible person and father.

  • carolina

    I’m sorry but he’s not sorry that he said it.He’s just sorry that he got caught saying it.This is really sad for Ireland-she seems like a sweet child. Sounds like both the parents are a tad kooky-hope that they can work things out for the best for her.

  • You/Me

    Laur Says:

    April 20th, 2007 at 8:46 pm – flag comment
    you people are all retarded. Get a life. Leave the guy alone you have no idea what going through a custody battle does to a person, let alone one where the 2 parents HATE each other. Your all morons. When your perfect come back and bash anyone you want but until then shut the f**K up!

    Does doing what is in the best interest of your child and treating your child with love and respect count as being perfect? Because if it does then I’M BACK TO BASH ALEC.
    There is absoletly no excuse for talking to your child the way he did, hating your spouse or not, going through a custody battle or not. Aparrently Alec is the one who needs to shut the f**k up, at least until he learns to control his anger towards his daughter anyway.

  • Macodmia

    I’m sorry, but I disagree with the majority of you. How could we comment on what this is or isn’t. All we know is that Alec Baldwin, left a personal message for his daughter. And he yelled at her. We don’t know any of the circumstances. I find it highly unlikely that none of you were yelled at by a parent. Abuse, not even close. YOu want to know abuse, come work where I do, and see what I see. This wouldn’t even lift an eyebrow. Yes, he uses a lot of harsh words, and it sounds awful, but he is also just a man having a bad moment. And I would like each one of you to take a look in the mirror, and tell me that you have never yelled or treated a loved one like that.

    This is so frustrating what the media chooses to put out there. This is not something that is even news worthy. Please lets talk about how to prevent the next virginia tech incident, finding new ways to develope a safer, more efficient energy source. The possibilty of GLobal warming. Figuring out how to have world peace.

    One stand alone incident between a Father and a Daughter, is not news worthy.

  • amberlyn

    bad day, for a bad dad

    Based on real-life experiences with my own father using the same type of rage infused voice that’s beyond maximum volume, and zero self-restraint in communicating…I can only truly sympathize deeply, with the terrorized child, and most certainly, terrorized ex-wife and mother of that child, as well as everyone else involved who must tolerate any legal process with this very out of control father/man. No circumstance with anyone other than the child can create the parent’s approach with the child …. other wise every parent who has undergone tremendous struggle and ‘trials’ of any sort would be permanently disfigured in their capacity to parent. Some people emerge from difficulty with more resolve to emanate compassion and gentleness…such as some famous survivors of the holocaust… it’s everyone’s choice to generate either patience, or a reflection of their

    Remove the celebrity status and privilege — and it’s a cut and dry situation. Abusing and threatening the child, is by default threatening and abusing the mother as well — as the mother is forced and compelled to protect her child. I find it abusive to both child and mother to be forced to keep quiet when obviously they are dealing with a man who has lost control and is not subject to
    the standard limits proscribed by the law.

    This is clearly a cry for help, during a week when the nation is facing the consequences of ignoring other cries for help. Unchecked rage that goes
    on in a gag-ordered fog of silence can only lead to the rage inspired actions that match
    such a dynamic….even if on a much smaller scale.

    Now the world knows, and the spotlight just might add some much needed
    self-awareness by necessity to this particular father’s parenting style.

    i mean, my god, he sounded like he was ‘whacking’ a mobster in good fellas or one of those over the top gangster movies….its true…you need to HEAR the roar that goes along with the words….the words are scary, but the sound of his voice, screaming—-is one genuine horror flick worthy growl….

    i never felt so lucky to not be associated with a celebrity..

  • parent

    I think I’ll skip Alec Baldwin’s book and hold out for the one poor Ireland writes when she grows up.

  • amberlyn

    why are my comments not being posted?? i put a lot into what i wrote…

  • lula29


    I completely agree. This is not news and it is definitely not something that should have been made public.

    And no duh a parent isn’t supposed to talk to their child that way. It’s not profound to say this. What Alec Baldwin did (I didn’t watch or listen, it’s not my business) is wrong, but it’s also a private matter being handled by the courts. Who else needs to be involved in this? What else can any of us do aside gossip? Drag the daughter through even more mud by being all in her business. No one knows what went on, in the future Ireland might really regret the intrusion more than the incident, so the leak has potentially done more harm the the actual event.

    I can’t believe the media actually released this.