Judge Rules in Alec Baldwin Case
Jul. 08, 1998
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Alec Baldwin's lawyer won permission to refer to a celebrity photographer as a ``stalker'' when jurors hear dueling lawsuits between the actor and a cameraman.
A judge also ruled Tuesday that Baldwin's lawyer can refer to photographer Alan Zanger's reported remark on the ``Leeza'' show: ``My camera is like a gun, and the stars are my prey.''
Zanger claims the actor hit him as the photographer filmed Baldwin and wife, Kim Basinger, returning home Oct. 26, 1995, with their newborn daughter. Baldwin countsersued, alleging the photographer invaded his privacy and was stalking him.
The photographer's lawyer, Leonard Steiner, argued unsuccessfully that the ``stalker'' label and the talk show statement would prejudice the jury.
During jury selection, the lawyers will be allowed to ask potential jurors about their feelings on the alleged involvement of paparazzi in the death of Princess Diana, the judge said.
Both lawsuits seek unspecified damages.