Bald­win de­nies sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with al­leged stalker

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - BY JEN­NIFER PELTZ

NEW YORK Alec Bald­win tes­ti­fied Tues­day that he never had a sex­ual or ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with a Cana­dian ac­tress ac­cused of stalk­ing him, say­ing that af­ter they met she be­gan leav­ing dozens of voice­mails for him a night and even­tu­ally started threat­en­ing to show up at his homes.

The “30 Rock” star said at the Man­hat­tan trial of the woman, Genevieve Sabourin, that he had a meal with her at a friend’s re­quest, gave her an email ad­dress and phone num­ber and later com­mu­ni­cated with her about act­ing classes.

She be­gan to bar­rage him with as many as 30 voice­mails per night and hun­dreds of emails that started out as lovelorn and plead­ing, Mr. Bald­win said. They es­ca­lated into omi­nous threats to in­sin­u­ate her­self into his now-wife’s yoga class and to come to his homes, even as he im­plored her to stop and threat­ened to call au­thor­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Bald­win.

“It was night­mar­ish,” he said.

Miss Sabourin had some out­bursts as he tes­ti­fied, in­clud­ing: “You’re ly­ing!”

Miss Sabourin claims she and Mr. Bald­win had a 2010 tryst and a two-way ex­change of emails.

Her lawyer, Todd Spodek, has said Miss Sabourin wasn’t stalk­ing the ac­tor, just seek­ing clo­sure af­ter he stopped talk­ing to her.

The Os­car-nom­i­nated Mr. Bald­win and Miss Sabourin, who has ap­peared in Cana­dian movies and TV shows, met when he had a cameo and she was a pub­li­cist for the 2002 sci-fi com­edy “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.”

Fast-for­ward to April 2012, when Miss Sabourin was ar­rested out­side Mr. Bald­win’s Man­hat­tan apart­ment build­ing.

Mr. Bald­win got en­gaged to and mar­ried the for­mer Hi­laria Thomas in 2012, af­ter they be­gan dat­ing the year be­fore. They had a daugh­ter, Car­men, in Au­gust.

Mrs. Bald­win also is ex­pected to tes­tify.

Mr. Bald­win’s ca­reer has in­cluded a Tony-nom­i­nated turn as Stan­ley Kowal­ski in “A Street­car Named De­sire” on Broad­way, ac­tion hero Jack Ryan in the 1990 film “The Hunt for Red Oc­to­ber” and an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for his sup­port­ing role in the 2003 drama “The Cooler.”

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