Alec Baldwin by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com
admitted that he became suicidal after his ex-wife
's lawyer Harvey Levin posted Baldwin's infamous belligerent voice mail to his daughter, Ireland, on TMZ.
The star of NBC's
chronicles the events surrounding the voice mail, as well as his bitter custody battle with Basinger for the last six years in his new book,
A Promise to Ourselves
The New York Daily News
The book does not bash Basinger as much as it does Levin. Baldwin writes that his rage in the voice mail was not directed at his daughter, but more at the situation.
Baldwin had been trying to reach his daughter but "she was off for spring break with her mother and her phone was turned off for 10 consecutive days... This had gone on for years now and... when the beep came, I snapped."
As for Levin's role, Baldwin says, "[Levin] seemed to be that breed of tabloid creature that realized an almost sexual level of pleasure from ruining other people's lives."
After the tape was released Baldwin took a drive up to the Berkshires, where he first contemplated killing himself. He writes, "I began to think about what little town I would repair to in order to commit suicide. What semi-remote Massachusetts state park could I hike deep into and overdose there? When I returned to New York, the thought of jumping out the window of my apartment was with me every night for weeks."
Baldwin says he loves his daughter with all his heart and that the book is really about exposing the legal system - which he says tends to prolong clients' suffering instead of ending it.
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