Alec Baldwin is taking legal action to find out who leaked the insane voicemail tirade he left for his 11-year-old daughter to celebrity gossip site TMZ.
Baldwin has formally filed Order To Show Cause papers in Los Angeles Superior Court to find out why his ex-wife Kim Basinger and her lawyers should not be held in contempt over the tape's release.
The court papers, filed by Alec Baldwin's lawyer Vicki Greene, state:
"Petitioner (Kim Basinger) is the only parent with custody, possession and control of the minor child's telephone voicemail message that was dissemination to Harvey Levin and TMZ.com.
"I do not know how Mr. Levin received any information about the court proceeding that was closed to the public, but again, it had to come from someone connected to the proceeding, and it was not me."
TMZ is refusing comment on how it obtained the recording, in which Alec Baldwin verbally chastises his daughter and calls Basinger "a thoughtless pain in the a$$."
Baldwin, who has fought bitterly with Basinger since their separation in 2000, saw visitation rights for his daughter temporarily suspended by a California judge last week, after a judge heard the recording.
Meanwhile in other news the actor has posted an apology online, explaining that his leaked answer machine rant was the result of being "driven to the edge" by his bitter custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger.
The star of The Departed was reported to be taking legal action on Saturday to find out who was responsibly for the leaked three-minute recording to TMZ, in which he verbally chastised his 11-year-old daughter Ireland.
But on his official site, Baldwin blames the L.A. Confidential star for "alienating" him from young Ireland, which propelled him to lose his temper.
"Although I have been told by numerous people not to worry too much, as all parents lose their patience with their kids, I am most saddened that this was released to the media because of what it does to a child. I'm sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now... I am sorry for what happened. But I am equally sorry that a court order was violated, which had deliberately been put under seal in this case."