Alec Baldwin’s defamation claims towards the person who accused the actor of hitting him throughout a spat over a parking spot can go ahead to trial, a decide has dominated.
The “Saturday Night time Dwell” star — who routinely performed Donald Trump throughout his presidency — alleged that Wojciech Cieszkowski lied and defamed him when he claimed Baldwin punched him within the face throughout the fracas on Nov. 2, 2018.
Manhattan Supreme Court docket Justice David Cohen denied Cieszkowski’s bid to have Baldwin’s defamation declare towards him tossed out.
“The plaintiff should meet a excessive bar of proof on his movement to dismiss and, since he fails to definitively show the truthfulness of his interpretation of the incident, he doesn’t meet his burden,” Cohen’s ruling reads.
Cieszkowski sued the “30 Rock” star first in April 2019 for assault and slander accusing Baldwin of going ballistic on Cieszkowski — a Polish immigrant — outdoors Baldwin’s East 10th Avenue residence as a result of the person had taken his parking spot.
Cieszkowski then claimed Baldwin lied when he informed Ellen DeGeneres and Howard Stern on their reveals that he thought Cieszkowski was going to run spouse Hilaria over along with his automotive.
Cohen dismissed Cieszkowski’s slander declare towards Baldwin, discovering the actor’s statements within the public had been exaggerations and opinions which don’t rise to the extent of defamation.
In that case, Baldwin then filed his counterclaims alleging that Cieszkowski defamed him when he spoke to the cops, the medical workers on the hospital the place he was handled, the media and a courtroom pushing his narrative that he was punched within the face by Baldwin.
Baldwin additionally alleged that Cieszkowski’s lies led to his false imprisonment. The decide granted Cieszkowski’s request to dismiss the false imprisonment declare since Cieszkowski didn’t imprison Baldwin himself.
Cohen additionally discovered that Cieszkowski couldn’t be held answerable for defamation for any statements he made to the Manhattan District Legal professional’s workplace — which prosecuted Baldwin over the incident.
Baldwin pleaded responsible to harassment over the incident in January 2019. He was sentenced to anger administration courses and needed to pay a $120 advantageous.
Either side have argued that video of the incident helps their interpretations of occasions.
Attorneys on either side mentioned they had been pleased with Thursday’s blended ruling.
“We’re more than happy with the choice,” Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, mentioned. “From the start, Alec has maintained that these expenses had been frivolous.”
Cieszkowski’s lawyer, Douglas Lieb, mentioned, “We’re happy that the court docket discovered Mr. Baldwin’s false imprisonment declare to be baseless.
“Since Mr. Baldwin appears decided to place his repute at problem on this case, we look ahead to exploring that repute at trial.”