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Baldwin's Call to Kid Rekindles Basinger Battle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The tension between the former Hollywood husband and wife partnership of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger has erupted again after a furious answer phone message from Baldwin to his daughter, was made public.

On the recording, Baldwin can be heard admonishing his 11-year-old, Ireland: "You are a rude, thoughtless little pig.... You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being."

Apparently upset that she did not answer her phone for a planned call, he goes on: " don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned. You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone."

He also tells her that he plans to fly from New York to Los Angeles "for the day just to straighten you out on this issue."

The recording was published on Thursday ( April 19) by celebrity news site TMZ.com, which said that the call was placed on April 11.

Alec Baldwin's spokesman said in a statement yesterday that the 49-year-old actor will be "keeping his mouth shut and obeying court orders" in the best interest of the child.

"The mother and her lawyer leaked this sealed material in violation of a court order," he continued. "Although Alec acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child, everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through for the past six years."

"The voice mail speaks for itself," Basinger's spokeswoman retaliated.

Calls from the Associated Press to Basinger's and Baldwin's lawyers were not returned.

Baldwin and Basinger, 53, were married in 1993. They have been involved in prolonged legal disputes over custody and other issues since she filed for divorce in 2001, which was granted in 2002. The couple's differences have been aired several times in public.

Basinger was charged with contempt of court in October for violating terms of a 2004 custody agreement. A motion by her lawyers to dismiss the charges was denied this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. The next hearing on visitation issues is scheduled for May 4.


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