In a shocking turn of events at the 2023 PEN America Spring Literary Gala, Alec Baldwin, despite his charming demeanour on the red carpet, displayed a different side inside the event. A confidential informant exclusively revealed to Page Six that the actor allegedly launched a tirade against a female server, leaving her visibly stunned.
According to the source, the incident unfolded when Baldwin, 65, rose from his seat to engage in a conversation just moments before the servers arrived to deliver meals to the guests. As fate would have it, a young female server in her late 20s or early 30s found herself behind Baldwin due to his standing and talking.
Once she had the opportunity to pass, the server proceeded to place plates on the table. However, it appears that Baldwin took offence to her actions while he was still present. The insider claims that the “Saturday Night Live” actor proceeded to scold her, causing great distress to the server.
After the alleged altercation, the server, clearly upset, was overheard confiding in someone at the event, expressing her confusion about why Baldwin had yelled at her. The informant speculates that Baldwin may have found it impolite or inappropriate for her to set the plates down while he was in close proximity. Notably, Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, was not present during this icy exchange.
The incident, though brief, managed to largely go unnoticed by attendees. Neither the actor nor the event organizers have responded to Page Six’s request for comment regarding the matter.
At the gala’s onset, the “30 Rock” alum and Hilaria Baldwin, 39, presented a show of affection, marking their first public appearance on the red carpet since the dropped charges relating to the “Rust” shooting incident.
The star-studded event, held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was hosted by Colin Jost and paid tribute to the renowned “SNL” figurehead, Lorne Michaels. Surprise guest Salman Rushdie also graced the occasion, marking his first public appearance since a vicious attack during a literary festival in New York in August 2022, resulting in the loss of one of his eyes.
Expressing his gratitude for being able to attend the gala, Rushdie, the 75-year-old novelist, addressed the audience after receiving a standing ovation, stating, “It’s a pleasure to be back, considering the alternative. I’m grateful that fortune favoured this outcome.”
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