Actor Alec Baldwin arrives at the Tisch School of the Arts gala in New York, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Andy Kropa)

New York - A photographer with the New York tabloid newspaper Daily News accused actor Alec Baldwin of attacking him on Tuesday, but the actor's representative told a different story.

Photographer Marc Santos said Baldwin, 54, approached and punched him in the face for taking photographs of Baldwin and his fiancee, Hilaria Thomas, 28, outside New York City's Marriage Bureau, according to a story and photos on the newspaper's website that appeared to show a scuffle between the two men.

Baldwin, a star of the TV show 30 Rock and who also appears in the new Rock of Ages movie, posted a series of tweets on Tuesday that disagreed with the account, saying, “A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning.”

A spokesperson for Baldwin said that as the actor left the building in lower Manhattan, someone came in between him and the photographer. The photographer became frustrated and “pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera”.

“There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself,” the representative, Matthew Hiltzik, said in a statement. - Reuters