1:20 pm Feb. 21, 2013
Bill de Blasio is standing by one of his celebrity supporters, Alec Baldwin, after the embattled actor reportedly used a racial slur to refer to a New York Post photographer who confronted him near his East Village home.
Baldwin endorsed de Blasio last December.
After a City Hall press conference about small businesses, a Post reporter asked de Blasio, whose wife is African-American, about Baldwin.
"With all due respect to the Post, Baldwin said he didn't say it," he said. "I respect that."
When pressed, de Blasio said, "That's all I have to say. He said he didn't say it."
De Blasio has his own history with the Post.
In December, the conservative tabloid picked up a New York Observer story about an essay de Blasio's wife, Chirlane, wrote more than 30 years ago in which she identified herself as a lesbian.
The paper ran a blind quote speculating de Blasio leaked the story, to curry favor with gay voters, and later, published a cartoon that depicted the couple in bed. A Post columnist also questioned his wife's changing sexual identity, saying "lesbians don't simply get cured."
De Blasio responded by calling the columnist "shockingly ignorant" and, along with other Democratic mayoral candidates, trashing the paper.
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