Alec Baldwin Launches Legal Action over Tape

Actor Alec Baldwin is taking legal action to find out who leaked an answer machine message rant he left for his 11-year-old daughter to website Tmz.com.

Baldwin has filed Order To Show Cause papers in Los Angeles Superior Court, to find out why his ex-wife Kim Basinger and her lawyers should not be held in contempt.

The papers, filed by Baldwin’s lawyer Vicki Greene, state: “Petitioner (Basinger) is the only parent with custody, possession and control of the minor child’s telephone voicemail message that was dissemination to Harvey Levin and Tmz.com.

“I do not know how Mr. Levin received any information about the court proceeding that was closed to the public, but again, it had to come from someone connected to the proceeding, and it was not me.”

Tmz.com is refusing to comment on how it obtained the recording, in which Baldwin verbally chastises his daughter and calls Basinger “a thoughtless pain in the a*s”.

Baldwin’s visitation rights for his daughter were temporarily suspended by a California judge earlier this week, after a judge heard the recording.

Meanwhile in other news the actor has posted an apology online, explaining that his leaked answer machine rant was the result of being “driven to the edge” by his bitter custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

The Departed star was reported to be taking legal action on Saturday to find out who was responsibly for the leaked three-minute recording to tmz, in which he verbally chastised his 11-year-old daughter Ireland, and called Basinger “a thoughtless pain in the a*s”.

But in a posting on his official website, Baldwin blames the L.A.

Confidential actress for “alienating” him from his parenting duties, which propelled him to lose his temper.

He says, “Although I have been told by numerous people not to worry too much, as all parents lose their patience with their kids, I am most saddened that this was released to the media because of what it does to a child.

“I’m sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now…

“I am sorry for what happened. But I am equally sorry that a court order was violated, which had deliberately been put under seal in this case.”

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