Alec Baldwin donates Calgary appearance fee back to Owen Hart Foundation in wake of assault charge

Actor Alec Baldwin has donated his appearance fee to a charity event he's to speak at later this month over fear a recent assault charge against him could cause a backlash against the organization.

U.S. celebrity charged with assault and harassment last week in New York following parking spot dispute

Actor Alec Baldwin walks out of the New York Police Department's 10th Precinct last Friday in New York. Baldwin was arrested after allegedly punching a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home, authorities said. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)

Actor Alec Baldwin has donated his performance fee to a Calgary charity event he's to speak at later this month over fear a recent assault charge he faces could cause a backlash against the organization.

Baldwin is to appear at the Owen Hart Foundation's annual fundraiser on Nov. 30.

He was arrested and charged with assault and harassment last week in New York following a dispute over a parking spot.

Baldwin has denied the accusations.

Martha Hart founded the foundation in memory of her husband, who was the youngest of 12 children in the Calgary wrestling dynasty headed by Stu and Helen Hart.

She says Baldwin has donated his fee because he was concerned the organization could be hurt by the negative publicity.

She says Baldwin is confident he will be exonerated from the New York charges.

Owen Hart died in a wrestling accident in 1999.

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