Alec Baldwin defended by daughter
Alec Baldwin's daughter has rushed to defend him after he was slammed for using an anti-gay epithet.
The former 30 Rock star faced a backlash after he was videotaped using the slur against a photographer - who was trying to get a picture of the star with his wife and baby - during an encounter on the street in New York, and soon afterwards his new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes.
His 18-year-old daughter Ireland has now taken to Twitter to stand up for her dad, insisting he is "far from a homophobe".
"S ometimes we let our tempers get the best of us," she said. "Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire... It takes a lot of strength for someone to release their anger. It takes a lot of strength and SUPPORT for someone to grow and become a better person. We all say things we don't mean. We all say things we can't take back."
Model Ireland went on: " For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously.
"My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist."
Alec has already apologised for the incident, writing on MSNBC's website that he "did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry".
He said his actions came as he tried to protect his family - presumably from the photographer - but were unacceptable and undermine "hard-fought rights that I vigorously support".
The video, which was posted on TMZ, also drew a tweeted apology from Alec in which he claimed he was unaware the term he used was offensive to gays.