- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling the arrest of actor Alec Baldwin “unfortunate.”

Baldwin was arrested Tuesday for biking the wrong way on a Manhattan street and allegedly clashing with police.

De Blasio on Wednesday called the arrest an “unfortunate situation” but said he respected the actor.

The mayor added that he felt Baldwin has said some “important and thoughtful things” about New York City.

The “30 Rock” actor was an early supporter of de Blasio. But the mayor had distanced himself from Baldwin after some recent high-profile incidents.

In one, the actor allegedly called a tabloid photographer a gay slur. Baldwin, who lives in Manhattan, denied using the term.

The actor has previously mused about running for office. He’s also considered moving to Los Angeles.



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