June 28, 2013 at 8:14 AM ET
Farewell, Alec Baldwin's Twitter account. Again. After his wife Hilaria was accused by London's Daily Mail of tweeting a variety of comments during the hours the pair were attending James Gandolfini's funeral Thursday, he went on a rage-filled rampage against the author of that article, with comments like "I am gonna f--- you up."
In the article, writer George Stark noted that Hilaria's feed was full of "upbeat" posts, talking about wedding anniversary presents and a summer smoothie she enjoyed after seeing it on "Rachael Ray."
But the reporter may need a refresher course in Twitter time-stamp interpretation; according to a statement released Friday morning by the Baldwin camp, the reporter misinterpreted when the tweets were sent.
The statement read: "It's disgraceful that a reporter would manufacture and publish a story and not call for comment or explanation -- especially when it's intended to take away attention from honoring the memory of a beloved figure like James Gandolfini. There are multiple witnesses to the fact that Hilaria left her phone in the car, and wouldn't, couldn't and didn't tweet during the service.... And as for the tweets -- 1) some of the time stamps in the report were wrong because he listed the time of the original tweet not the retweet 2) she left early and wasn't in the service at the time of tweeting 3) it's possible that a previously scheduled tweet wasn't cancelled."
Still, Baldwin wasn't in the mood for a rational discussion, and his responsive tweets (now deleted, along with that account) grew increasingly irate. As noted in a report from TODAY's Mara Schiavocampo, Baldwin tweeted:
"Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That's not true. But I'm gonna tweet at your funeral," he said.
He also wrote, "My wife and I attend a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, some toxic Brit writes this (expletive) trash."
And this: "I'm gonna find you, George Star, you toxic little (expletive), and I'm gonna f--- you up."
Baldwin's temper on and off Twitter has been the subject of headlines before; in 2011 he was asked to stop playing "Words With Friends" on a flight and was ejected from the plane; in 2012 he got in a scuffle with a photographer (another Twitter rant followed).
Meanwhile, though Baldwin has quit Twitter again, his wife Hilaria has continued to post. One of her latest? "I would like a real apology."