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Daniel Baldwin says wife needs treatment

Daniel Baldwin appears in a still from the 2010 movie, 'The Truth.' (RBG Films)

July 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Daniel Baldwin said his decision to file for divorce has to do with his wife's alcoholism.

Baldwin discussed his marriage Friday with Portland television station KOIN. The 50-yaer-old actor said the divorce filing has nothing to do with how he feels about his wife. Rather, he said it's an attempt to encourage her to get treatment for alcoholism.

Baldwin said his 41-year-old wife, Joanne, "ripped the house to shreds" Sunday morning as the children screamed and cried.

She is on probation for a drunken driving conviction and is prohibited from drinking alcohol. She has been accused of violating the terms of her probation and jailed in Lake Oswego. A hearing is scheduled next week.

The municipal court says she has no attorney listed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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