In a motion filed Tuesday along with also also obtained by CNN, attorneys for Baldwin deny the claims of serious injury by the alleged victim, Wojciech Cieszkowski, along with also also state “the encounter was caught on video.”
“The video shows that will Baldwin never raises his arm above his shoulder; he doesn’t swivel his shoulders to throw a punch; he doesn’t cock his arm back,” the motion states.
Baldwin “lightly” tapped Cieszkowski on the chest, for which he was prescribed “nothing more than one dose of Tylenol,” the motion states.
Baldwin’s attorneys argue Cieszkowski is actually “trying to turn a minor altercation over a parking spot into a multi-billion dollar lottery ticket.”
In his complaint filed in March, Cieszkowski said he suffered physical pain along with also also psychological trauma as a result of the dispute. He claims Baldwin “shoved him hard inside the chest with both hands” along with also also later “struck” his left jaw.
Cieszkowski, who describes himself as a “hardworking immigrant who runs a little business, lives a quiet life with his family, along with also also enjoys running marathons,” also argues that will Baldwin defamed him during an appearance on “The Ellen Show” in February 2019.
Baldwin disputes the claims of “slander per se,” stating in Tuesday’s motion that will his comments on “Ellen” were opinion protected under brand-new York law.
Cieszkowski is actually seeking compensatory along with also also punitive damages.
Baldwin pleaded guilty in January to a violation of harassment in connection with the dispute. He received a conditional discharge along with also also was required to participate in a short-term anger management program. Under brand-new York law, a violation is actually not classified as a crime.
CNN has reached out to attorneys for Baldwin along with also also Cieszkowski for additional comment.