Alec Baldwin was charming on the red carpet at the 2023 PEN America Spring Literary Gala Thursday night but inside was a different story.
A spy tells Page Six exclusively that the actor allegedly berated a female server leaving her “looking shocked.”
The spy claims that the drama began to unfold when Baldwin, 65, stood up to chat with someone a couple of minutes before “the line of servers come all at once to deliver the meals.”
One female server — who “was probably in her late 20s or early 30s” — was stuck behind the actor because he was standing and talking.
“Then, when she could pass, she started putting plates on the table,” the insider says. “I guess he didn’t like that she did that with him standing there.”
The next moment, the “Saturday Night Live” actor allegedly started “scolding her.”
After the alleged incident, the visibly upset server was overheard telling someone at the event, “I don’t know why he yelled at me.”
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“I’m guessing he felt it was rude of her to start putting plates down while he was standing there,” the insider theorizes, noting that Alec’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, was not present for the icy exchange.
“It was quick,” the source adds. “I think it went unnoticed for the most part.”
Reps for the actor and the event did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
At the beginning of the night, the “30 Rock” alum put on a loved-up display with Hilaria, 39 for their first red carpet appearance since his “Rust” shooting charges were dropped last month.
The couple intimately embraced each other as they posed for photographers at the event, which took place in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The starry gala was hosted by Colin Jost and honored “SNL” maven, Lorne Michaels. A surprise guest was Salman Rushdie.
This was also Rushdie’s first in-person appearance at a public event. In August 2022, he was viciously attacked while on stage at a literary festival in New York, losing an eye in the process.
“It’s nice to be back — as opposed to not being back, which was also a possibility. I’m glad the dice rolled this way,” the novelist, 75, told the crowd after receiving a standing ovation.