Alec Baldwin has apologized for PigGate, the voice-mail rant he left for his daughter Ireland earlier this month that leaked last week. He has posted about the minor scandal on his site, and we break it down after the jump.
"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."
Good for Alec, for not backing down. His voice mail is slightly alarming (especially when he pledges to "straighten
[Ireland's] ass out"), but the overriding tone sounds as if it was born out of frustration rather than a desire to menace. Is it possible that he’s just worked up because he cares about a child from whom he’s legally
Alec’s attorney has filed a suit to investigate the leak of the tape, but early signs point to his ex-wife Kim Basinger as the culprit. Who else would have had access to Ireland’s voice mail? Plus, the statement issued from Kim’s rep upon the tapes leak ("The voice mail speaks for itself") is pointed enough to make you wonder.
So, in one corner, Ireland has a father who’s a frustrated hothead that ultimately wants contact with his daughter. In the other, a mother who presumably aired her family’s dirty laundry for what amounts to self service. (Let’s not forget that the Alec-Kim custody battle hasn’t been settled yet.) Which is worse? [Showbuzz/CBS; Image credit: Getty]