The Usual Suspects star was detained on Thursday (06Dec12) on charges of felony tax evasion over a debt dating back to 2008, but he is adamant the blame lies with his lawyers and he’s confident the issue can be resolved.
Baldwin also insisted he had done the right thing by voluntarily attending a meeting with New York officials, and he has urged fans to make sure they pay tax on time.
The actor tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, “I went myself in a pre-arranged kind of way, but that won’t stop the powers that be being upset about it. I had this pretty serious issue with filings that weren’t handled appropriately. To be honest with you, it’s a situation now with New York state and the district attorney’s office, and I’m very hopeful that everything should be fine… You have to pay your taxes… I just got caught up in a situation that I’m hoping we’re gonna work out.”
Baldwin is due to appear in court in February (13) to face the counts against him.