Bald­win giv­ing ap­pear­ance fee to Cal­gary char­ity

The Daily Courier - - ARTS -

CAL­GARY (CP) — Ac­tor Alec Bald­win has do­nated his ap­pear­ance fee to a char­ity event he's to speak at later this month over fear a re­cent as­sault charge against him could cause a back­lash against the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Bald­win is to ap­pear at the Owen Hart Foun­da­tion's an­nual fundraiser in Cal­gary on Nov. 30. The com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties and sec­ond chances to peo­ple who have lim­ited re­sources.

Bald­win was charged with as­sault and ha­rass­ment last week in New York fol­low­ing a dis­pute over a park­ing spot. A 49year-old man al­leges Bald­win punched him in the jaw. The man was taken to a hospi­tal to be treated.

Bald­win has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions.

“Alec Bald­win un­der­stands that the re­cent in­ci­dent in New York City may have caused some neg­a­tive back­lash ... As such, Mr. Bald­win has gen­er­ously do­nated his per­for­mance fee back to The Owen Hart Foun­da­tion,” said Martha Hart, who founded the char­ity in mem­ory of her hus­band, who died in a wrestling ac­ci­dent in 1999.

“Alec is con­fi­dent he will be fully re­leased from any po­ten­tial charges re­sult­ing from this in­ci­dent in New York City and he wants what is best for the char­ity. He has there­fore made this do­na­tion to show his sup­port of the work The Owen Hart Foun­da­tion does.”

Bald­win has had a suc­cess­ful film and tele­vi­sion ca­reer that has spanned al­most four decades. He has won two Em­mys, three Golden Globes and seven Screen Ac­tors Guild awards for his work on 30 Rock and gained wide­spread at­ten­tion for his por­trayal of U.S. Pres­i­dent Donald Trump on Satur­day Night Live.

Owen Hart was the youngest of 12 chil­dren in the Cal­gary wrestling dynasty headed by Stu and He­len Hart. Known as the Blue An­gel and the Blue Blazer, among other names, he won sev­eral cham­pi­onships dur­ing his pro­fes­sional ca­reer. He died at the age of 34 in a fall dur­ing a wrestling stunt af­ter an equip­ment mal­func­tion.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Alec Bald­win chats to re­porters at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber. Bald­win has do­nated his per­for­mance fee back to The Owen Hart Foun­da­tion for a Nov. 30 char­ity event.

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