Baldwin Coke Bust

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    It's a toss up as to which bodes worse for Daniel Baldwin's career: The fact that he was arrested on charges of cocaine possession or the fact that it took a week for anyone to notice.

    The least known Baldwin brother was arrested on several drug-possession charges at a Santa Monica dive motel Saturday night after police responded to a phone call from a fellow guest. Some reports peg the call as a noise complaint, while others say it was to report a woman being threatened.

    According to, Santa Monica police entered the actor's $75-a-night room at the Ocean Park Inn, where they allegedly found Baldwin, 45, holding a drug pipe with "a small amount of cocaine" present. Another man, 52-year-old Winston Anthony Hunter, was also in the room, though he was reportedly hiding in the bathroom when police arrived. His relationship to Baldwin remains unclear.

    Upon being questioned by the cops, both men allegedly admitted to being high on illegal drugs and were subsequently arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and for being under the influence of narcotics, according to Lieutenant Frank Fabrega.

    Baldwin was taken into custody and held overnight in the Santa Monica Police Department jail. He was released Sunday afternoon on $10,000 bail. Hunter, who was also taken into custody, was denied bail as he was already on parole for a previous unknown conviction.

    A spokesman said the Santa Monica City Attorney was investigating the allegations, but Baldwin has yet to be officially charged with the misdemeanors.

    Of course, it wouldn't be the first time.

    The former Homicide: Life on the Street star was involved in a similar incident in 1998 while staying at New York's Plaza Hotel. Cops arrived after receiving several complaints that Baldwin was watching porn films at ear-shattering volume--he was found running naked through the hotel, high on crack cocaine.

    Baldwin pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the incident and was sentenced to three months in rehab. Shortly after, he came clean about his addictions and claimed he'd been battling them since 1989.

    "With the exception of the first few times I was high, I was really miserable doing coke," Baldwin told People magazine at the time. "I never want to have to do this again. I don't want to have to face my family like this again."

    Unfortunately, it hasn't been a banner week for the Baldwin brothers.

    Last Sunday, actress Jan Maxwell, brother Alec's costar in the Broadway play Entertaining Mr. Sloane, left the production citing the behavior of the eldest Baldwin sibling as the cause.

    The New York Post got their hands on an email Maxwell sent to a friend regarding the actor, in which she declared her reasons for jumping ship.

    "The bottom line was my physical safety, mental health and artistic integrity...none of which Roundabout [Theater Company] was supporting," the intercepted email read. The note also alleged that her costar had put his fist through a wall and was "throwing things around with all of us cowering."

    The Tony-nominated Maxwell was immediately released from her contract. Roundabout released a statement in support of Baldwin's "professionalism," while the actor himself has remained mum.

    Daniel Baldwin, meanwhile, is due back in court May 22.

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