December 7, 2012
Baldwin downplays brother's arrest

Alec Baldwin (Reuters file photo)

Alec Baldwin has downplayed his brother Stephen's arrest on tax evasion charges, insisting the actor was taken into custody as part of a pre-arranged agreement with New York officials.

The Usual Suspects actor was detained on Thursday over allegations he failed to keep up with tax payments between 2008 and 2010.

Baldwin allegedly owes $350,000 and is due back in court in February to face charges of felony tax evasion.

Alec Baldwin explained his sibling's situation during an interview with CNN newsman Piers Morgan on Thursday night, claiming the arrest was pre-planned and his brother has already started paying back his taxes.