Alec Baldwin Withdraws From Speaking at Award Ceremony for Billy Crystal
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The 'It's Complicated' actor was originally set to make a speech at the Friars Club award ceremony in New York alongside Robert De Niro, Katie Couric, Jimmy Fallon and Meg Ryan.

AceShowbiz - Alec Baldwin will reportedly skip an award ceremony honouring his friend Billy Crystal following his arrest for assault.

According to editors at Page Six, the 60-year-old actor has dropped out of an appearance at the Friars Club award ceremony at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York, due to take place on Monday, November 12.

The comedy club recently announced that Baldwin would speak at the star-studded event alongside Robert De Niro, Katie Couric, Jimmy Fallon and Meg Ryan, with Crystal being handed the Icon Award.

His decision to reportedly drop out of the bash comes a week after the "30 Rock" star was arrested and charged with assault and harassment over an alleged altercation over a parking space in New York.

The father-of-five denied he "punched anyone over a parking spot", and issued a statement on Twitter after he was released from police custody.

"Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today's story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false," he tweeted at the time. "I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realise that it has become a sport to tag people was many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment."

A New York City Police Department spokesperson confirmed that Baldwin was charged with assault and harassment, and will appear in court at a later date.

The actor's talk show, "The Alec Baldwin Show", has also been affected by his arrest.

It was reported that the show will no longer air at 10pm on Sunday nights in the U.S., and will instead be broadcast in the less desirable time slot of 10pm on Saturdays.

The show was pulled from schedules by ABC bosses after the altercation, and will be back on TV screens on 8 December, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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