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Alec Baldwin: I didn't punch news photographer

In this photo provided by CBS Entertainment, David Letterman holds a copy of the Daily News as guest Alec Baldwin gestures to the front page showing a photo of his June 6th confrontation with a photographer, during his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, in New York, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/CBS Entertainment, John Paul Filo)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Alec Baldwin denied punching a news photographer during a confrontation outside a marriage license bureau in New York.

"If I had punched him, I would be in jail right now, rightfully so," Baldwin said during an appearance on David Letterman's "Late Show" Wednesday. "I kind of pushed him out of the way because he almost hit me in the face with the camera."

Baldwin's confrontation with New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos was splashed this week on the newspaper's front page. Police have confirmed that Santos filed a complaint against Baldwin, saying he was punched while taking pictures of Baldwin and his fiancée on Tuesday.

Baldwin told Letterman the photographer is a master at getting close enough to a subject that the subject thinks he is going to be hit by the camera. "They want you to react," he said.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman says no charges have been filed and that police are investigating.

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