Actress Ellen Barkin stood in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street on New Year's Eve, but when a cop tried to get Ms. Barkin to stand on the sidewalk, she cursed him out in person and then took to Twitter to vent more rage at the NYPD.
“Get your motherf--king hands off me,” she snapped back at a polite request and gentle hand on the back from a young NYPD officer. Her screenwriter boyfriend Sam Levinson apparently recorded and posted the video to YouTube.
The New York Post has more on the incident (and if you haven't picked up on it already, content warning for language applies):
"Tony-winning actress Ellen Barkin rang in the new year in her typical brash style — uncorking a profanity-laced Twitter tirade against the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg after watching the predawn arrests of suspected Occupy Wall Street scofflaws near her West Village townhouse."
The actress then took to Twitter to make her thoughts on NYC's Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD clear:
There were also reports that Barkin initially insisted she herself had been “threatened” and “shoved” by an officer — which is something you will have to watch and judge for yourself, as the video seems to tell a different tale.
Watch a clip of that exchange below, or check out the longer version here:
After some sites, including HuffPo, picked up the initial allegations of rough treatment, Barkin seems to have backed away from earlier accusations and anti-police profanity.
Here is a more recent tweet from her on the 'shoving' incident, in which she even takes a swipe at massive blog site Huffington Post's journalistic integrity:
While Barkin apparently embraces the Occupy Wall Street mantra of representing the "99%," she is very much of member of the 1%, thanks in large part to an ex-husband. Barkin reportedly received a $40 million settlement from her divorce from Revlon Chairman Ron Perelman.
The NYPD, meanwhile, made 68 arrests of OWS Occupiers after they tried to retake Zuccotti Park on New Year's Eve and then paraded around lower Manhattan streets.