Alec Baldwin is being accused of an anti-gay Twitter rant despite previously supporting marriage equality in New York.
After an article by New York Daily News said Baldwin had pushed and punched one of their photographers, he responded by calling the newspaper liars.
The 30 Rock star tweeted on Tuesday (19 June): ‘@nydnbrooklyn @nydailynews Ever since that English Queen took over the Daily News, they lie like the Post...’
Colin Myler is the ‘English Queen’, a British-born journalist who has been the editor-in-chief of tabloids Sunday Mirror and News of the World, as well as American paper New York Post.
The News of the World made international headlines when it was revealed they had been hacking phones to find stories.
This prompted the Leveson Inquiry, an ongoing investigation into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press.
Baldwin added: ‘@nydnbrooklyn @nydailynews Her Highness Colin Myler... Please don't do to the News what you did to NOTW...’
That day, Baldwin appeared on the David Letterman show to make light of the paparazzi incident.
His remarks prompted anger from Twitter, with one person saying ‘More tolerance from 1percent white liberal Hollywood.’ Another said: ‘please stop using anti-gay slurs. If you really need to insult someone, call them “a thoughtless little pig.’
In the rock musical film Rock of Ages, Baldwin plays a club owner who has been stoned for so long he does not realize he is gay. In the film, he kisses British comedian Russell Brand.
He has also spoken out for gay marriage, jokingly making a reference to TV programme Modern Family.
Baldwin has said: ‘No one tells a New Yorker that they can't marry Jesse Tyler Ferguson.’