Alec Baldwin Says Sorry To Gay Groups After Homophobic Twitter Rant Against Journalist

Alec Baldwin has apologised to a New York City-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group for a series of tweets that could be interpreted as homophobic.

Baldwin's messages were directed at a newspaper reporter who accused his wife of tweeting during the funeral for the former star of 'The Sopranos' James Gandolfini.

Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account in disgust, following his rant on Thursday

Baldwin says in a letter to GLAAD posted on its website on Friday that his tweets did not have anything to do with "issues of anyone's sexual orientation".

Alec Baldwin had risen to the defence of his wife Hilaria, following accusations that she had sent jaunty tweets during the funeral of James Gandolfini

The former '30 Rock' star says he has done political work with marriage equality groups and insists he would not advocate violence against someone for being gay.

GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro says Baldwin's language was improper and his tweets didn't reflect his "history of actively supporting LGBT equality".