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Nov 14, 2017 5:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Alec Baldwin Decides To Not Donate To Sag Harbor Cinema, Representative Says

Alec Baldwin.   PRESS FILE
Nov 15, 2017 9:51 AM

Alec Baldwin has had a change of heart about donating half of a recent “seven-figure” lawsuit settlement to the campaign to buy the Sag Harbor Cinema.

According to Casey Bader, a representative of Mr. Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures, Mr. Baldwin will not be donating a portion of a settlement he reached last week with the Mary Boone Gallery, despite numerous published reports early this week stating that he would.

“The Sag Harbor pledge was something Alec made prior to the settlement, has since rethought, and will no longer be making,” Mr. Bader said in an email on Tuesday.

Later that Tuesday night, the Twitter page for the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation posted an update clarifying the situation.

"Our foundation supports that effort and believes they will do important work in the community," the status read.

On Monday, Newsday reported that Mr. Baldwin would be donating half of the money from his settlement with the New York City art gallery to the Sag Harbor Partnership to buy and rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema, which was seriously damaged in a fire last December.

Newsday based its report on an article in the upcoming November 20 edition of The New Yorker magazine that quoted Mr. Baldwin as ballparking the settlement’s value and declaring his plans to donate half of it.

Catching the news online, the Sag Harbor Cinema posted a screenshot of the Newsday story on the cinema’s Instagram page in celebration.

But then the Twitter page for the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation page took a screenshot of that photo and posted it on Twitter early Tuesday afternoon, stating: “This is incorrect.”

April Gornik, vice president of the partnership, said Tuesday that she has received no word from Mr. Baldwin or his representatives stating whether or not the partnership will be receiving any portion of the money.

“It’s like being 1,000 feet in the air and then crashing to the ground,” Ms. Gornik said, referring to the crushing disappointment in hearing the bad news.

“There was a miscommunication around Alec Baldwin’s reported donation to the Sag Harbor Cinema. The Partnership was never informed of, or received a financial commitment from him or his foundation," the Sag Harbor Partnership said in a statement on Tuesday night. "We truly admire Alec and Hilaria’s generosity to the arts on the East End, and we are incredibly grateful to all who have been so supportive of our efforts. The cinema is still accepting donations and we are on track for hitting our goal next month.”

According to the original report in The New Yorker, Mr. Baldwin, who has a house in Amagansett, would have received a “seven-figure” settlement check from the gallery’s owner, Mary Boone. He said she had sold him a copy of the 1996 Ross Bleckner painting “Sea and Mirror” in 2010 for $190,000. But Mr. Baldwin noticed something was wrong with the colors of the painting when it was first delivered to him, the article said, but didn’t confirm the fraud until 2016, when he hired an expert from Sotheby’s to confirm his suspicions.

He then met with Mr. Bleckner, who also confirmed that the painting was a copy, and confronted Ms. Boone, who admitted to selling Mr. Baldwin a copy, according to The New Yorker.

Mr. Baldwin filed a civil lawsuit against Ms. Boone in State Supreme Court in 2016, with his lawyers reportedly finding “incriminating” emails stating methods to age the painting and ensure the paint was dry. The parties reportedly settled last week before the case was scheduled to go to trial in early 2018.

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By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Nov 14, 17 5:42 PM
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Maybe it's a name thing. People who donate a big chunk of $ sometimes want the subject of their donation to be named after them and pull out of negotiations if the answer is no, or even "maybe."
By btdt (449), water mill on Nov 14, 17 5:56 PM
Maybe he’s just an arrogant, bullying, narcissistic *rhymes with swoosh* bag who really doesn’t give a rats about our community and only helps when enough people have sufficiently worshiped his ego and he is going to personally benefit.
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Nov 14, 17 6:08 PM
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Before you speculate with your obvious hateful prejudice, do your research and see how many millions his foundation has already contributed to the East End. Do your kids use the East Hampton library? If so, you should know that his foundation funded the entire new children's library. Just one example.
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 14, 17 6:37 PM
This is absurd we all know how involve he is and that he donates to local NON for profits.....I have heard first hand of his donations...
By Mate (52), Southampton on Nov 14, 17 8:22 PM
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HE contributed nothing personally towards the library or any other worthy cause. The foundation he uses as a tax avoidance scheme did. Put your hundreds of millions in a “foundation”, spend just a tiny little portion on a charity, and avoid tens of millions in taxes. Ask Bono and Clinton how it works. It’s not altruism - it’s self interest and greed.
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Nov 14, 17 10:27 PM
So did he contribute "nothing personally" or "just a tiny little portion"?

Your comment is eating its tail.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7992), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 17 10:56 PM
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Oh that Alec Baldwin...
By joe hampton (3420), The Hamptons on Nov 15, 17 6:15 AM
LOL, "Hateful rhetoric", as if you weren't drenched in hatred for anyone who doesn't align with your left wing views.

Funny how so many hard leftists think a company founder shouldn't make more than the janitor in the name of equity, but if one's an actor, well, that lofty position is beyond any discussion of undeserved rewards.

Mindless, shallow celebrity worship is a hallmark of shallow, mindless people like you.
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Nov 15, 17 4:37 PM
Does anyone actually think a janitor should make as much as a CEO? (using that instead of "founder" because technically a founder could have zero relationship with the business after its founding, so why would they still be getting paid?)
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7992), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 15, 17 4:43 PM
I see you're still living up to your name, Moron. You really need to bone up on your reading comprehension before you respond. Big difference between "Hateful prejudice" and "Hateful rhetoric". Since when do "left wing views" enter into a response to someone who hurls pure negative speculation with no basis in fact a/k/a slander?
As for "mindless, shallow celebrity worship", aren't you part of the trump cult? Thanks for the hearty guffaw.
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 15, 17 5:54 PM
Did the Baldwin foundation benefit the EH Library? Yes? 'Nuff said.
By ValGal03 (58), Montauk on Nov 16, 17 3:06 PM
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Guess he doesn't like Trump either...
By knitter (1893), Southampton on Nov 14, 17 6:25 PM
He promised us he was moving to Canada so give him a break
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Nov 14, 17 11:58 PM
Or a plane ticket and a ride to the airport
By joe hampton (3420), The Hamptons on Nov 15, 17 6:16 AM
A pillar of the community. He'll stand by the farmers, fisherman, treats the busboy with respect. Salt of the earth guy.. You can just tell by looking at him.
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Nov 15, 17 5:46 AM
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A true Long Island boy who has grown into a symbol of all that's wrong with America. Having known him, his brothers and his parents I can say that the more he succeded in Hollywood the worse he became.
Lack of humility is his disease. He needed to put his success toward making Long Islan better, too much money for to little work. Billy Joel is guilty of this as well.
Long Island in general is suffering because these guys and many like him have done very litttle to improve life here.
A ...more
By Rayman (64), southampton on Nov 15, 17 6:48 AM
Didn't realize that Long Island's fate is in the hands of a few celebrities. Thanks for the insight. BTW, Baldwin has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations in East Hampton. And you?
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Nov 15, 17 8:34 AM
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He donated $1MM to the East Hampton Library alone. His other local beneficiaries include the Southampton Cultural Center, the Peconic Land Trust, Guild Hall, the Hamptons Film Festival, Stony Brook University. When Bookhampton was having trouble staying afloat, he donated two (that I know of) Saturday afternoons reading to children helping to attract customers.
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 15, 17 11:48 AM
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My God, bitter/jealous much?
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 15, 17 11:53 AM
Yea June ....everyone is jealous....especially of a man with well documented anger /domestic violence issues and another fine upstanding member of society that took it upon himself to drive while intoxicated jeopardizing everyone else on the road. Real gems these two ....
By Sturgis (605), Southampton on Nov 15, 17 4:26 PM
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Oh come on, "jealous" from someone who demands income redistribution. I guess in June's version of a utopia we'll all be equal, except for actors (and leftist politicians ala Venezuela), who'll be exponentially "more equal" than the unwashed masses.
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Nov 15, 17 4:40 PM
The guy gives hundreds of thousands of dollars HE earned to local civic organizations and you criticize him because of his politics? Your screen name is Moron Eliminator? Interesting.
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Nov 16, 17 2:03 PM
Another Al Franken just not as funny....
By Rayman (64), southampton on Nov 15, 17 9:41 AM
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I believe that everyone here is correct.

He's a tremendous actor, a visible and generous donator to local institutions but also has a monster-sized and loud, obnoxious ego. (So maybe that goes with the territory.)

But ultimately, the East End is is lucky to have his support- if and when he chooses to provide it. His choice.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Nov 15, 17 4:23 PM
In other words, He found out how much NY State and Uncle Sam are taking from him.

No tax deduction, no contribution. That’s generosity, democrat style.
By even flow (985), East Hampton on Nov 16, 17 6:34 AM
Is it Saturday Night Live ???
By knitter (1893), Southampton on Nov 16, 17 8:21 AM
keep mouthing off, pissing off the rich who donate greatly to many non profits in the hamptons.. that will keep the donations coming. he might not be the best personality but he does with his money where his heart takes him and fortunately that has been the east end. slamming the door on people like alec and billy joel and see how funding dries up. cut your noses off to spite your faces. popular game out here
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Nov 17, 17 4:05 PM
So, turn a blind eye to people with anger management issues and drunk drivers because you know, money. There are plenty of wealthy people with better character that donate to various causes in the Hamptons.
By Sturgis (605), Southampton on Nov 17, 17 4:25 PM
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Too bad your identity is hidden b/c you'd be liable for slander. FYI, you're negatively judging a man who's been sober for decades, and generously supports local causes? What is wrong with you that you are motivated to post unjustified bile like this, and that benefits no one. You, a trump cultist has the stones to judge character? Pretty obvious who has the anger issues.
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 18, 17 3:48 PM
Luckily your identity is hidden as well. The nerve. You accusing people of slander , that’s rich.
I was never ordered to take anger management classes nor did I ever have to check myself into a rehab.
Please,most locals know the “real deal” with the wonderful celebrities we have to endure because we live in the fabulous Hamptons. So as long as they donate ( tax write off) , what difference does it make? See what I did, I quoted your hero !
Also I’m concerned ...more
By Sturgis (605), Southampton on Nov 18, 17 9:27 PM
For anyone curious, one can file a defamation claim against a "John Doe" defendant and ask a court for leave to subpoena the Press for personally identifiable information.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7992), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 18, 17 11:28 PM
You are weak.
By even flow (985), East Hampton on Nov 19, 17 4:29 AM
Woah even, I was just making sure everyone knows they can obtain relief for anonymous defamation, what's with the name calling?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7992), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 19, 17 8:17 AM
His impersonation of our idiot president makes Trump look even dumber, if that's even possible
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Nov 18, 17 3:13 PM
So you think the President is a dumb idiot? Don’t hurt yourself with that lofty analysis, Aristotle.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 20, 17 7:05 AM
Oh Mr. Slimey: Apparently you aren't keeping up. The "lofty analysis" you attributed to country joe is equally shared by two of trump's very own "loftiest" hand-picked officials--none other than SOS Tillerson, who called him a "moron". And, just this past weekend, his National Security Advisor, General McMaster, called him a "dope" with a "kindergarten mentality".
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 20, 17 3:23 PM
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