Actor Stephen Baldwin pays part of delinquent tax debt
05:00 AM, Oct 18, 2013
ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y.— Actor Stephen Baldwin turned over another $100,000 on Friday in Rockland County Court as he continued to pay his delinquent state tax bill, and expressed confidence he can repay the remaining $200,000 by March.
Prosecutor Anthony Dellicarri told the judge if Baldwin does not pay up he would ask that Baldwin be sent to jail.
Baldwin, 47, who owns property in Upper Grandview, N.Y., appeared in court to update Judge Charles Apotheker on efforts to tackle his $400,000 bill. He pleaded guilty in March to failure to file state income-tax returns, a felony, in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
As part of the plea agreement, Baldwin had agreed to pay $400,000 in restitution. Because he had previously paid $100,000, Apotheker asked him to pay the remaining $300,000 in a year.
Apotheker said he was pleased with the payment, and that it showed Baldwin was living up to his commitment. During his last appearance in July, Baldwin didn’t submit a payment.
“This certainly makes me feel Mr. Baldwin understands his obligations,” Apotheker said.
If Baldwin makes the deadline, he will get a conditional discharge.
Outside court, Baldwin said he was confident he would be able to pay the entire tax bill. He and his lawyer, Russell Yankwitt, said the prosecutors’ decision to allow quarterly payments made the process easier.
Baldwin said he’s taking care of his own business affairs now instead of relying on others. He also noted he has a movie out, a Christian film titled I’m in Love with a Church Girl.
“This was never about not wanting to do the right thing, never about not wanting or willing to pay what I owe,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin, the youngest of four acting Baldwin brothers, has performed in films such as Bio-Dome and The Usual Suspects, which include sex and violence. He has since said he is a born-again Christian and is no longer taking such parts.
In 2006, he led a fight to keep a pornographic video and bookstore from opening on Route 59 in Nyack. The proposal was withdrawn.
He recently appeared in All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, a reality TV show.