NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Alec Baldwin is seen on film set of 'Still Alice' on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)

Alec Baldwin Defends Woody Allen Against Sexual Misconduct Allegations, ‘Unfair and Sad’

Alec Baldwin is in the hot seat for defending disgraced filmmaker Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

Allen has denied the accusations.

The Alec Baldwin Foundation released a statement earlier on Twitter, saying:

ABFoundation on Twitter

Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.

ABFoundation on Twitter

Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing ppl of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims, as well.

The move comes after a host of actors who previously worked with Allen began publicly distancing themselves after Dylan Farrow wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times questioning as to why Allen still receives support in light of the #MeToo campaign.

Actor Timothee Chalamet has even promised to donate his entire salary from recent Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to charity, in wake of these renewed accusations.

With the current social climate being more aware of sexual misconduct than ever before, it comes as no surprise that social media heavily criticized Baldwin for his statements.

Some users claimed that it was typical “Hollywood logic” to assume that having a personal positive experience with a person reflects their character:

Patrick Goldstein on Twitter

When Alec Baldwin defends #WoodyAllen by saying he worked w/ him 3 times and had great experience he’s adopting classic #Hollywood moral logic: If someone was nice to me they must be terrific person:

Sam Coffey on Twitter

a) fuck Alec Baldwin b) fuck Woody Allen c) fuck people who think just because you’re FRIENDS with someone, they can’t be monsters d) fuck child molesters e) fuck rapists f) believe accusors

Whilst a freelance writer named Lauren Modery recounted in a series of tweets that she once worked with Alec and his comments did not come as a surprise to her as he was “a complete dick.”

Lauren Modery on Twitter

Worked on a film w/ Alec Baldwin & he was a complete dick. His comments about Woody Allen don’t surprise me.

One user even noted the hypocrisy of Baldwin defending Allen while directly profiteering off of criticizing President Trump’s alleged “misogyny” by selling a parody book on Amazon for $14.50:

Luke Bailey on Twitter

It’s super-cool that Alec Baldwin is defending Woody Allen while making money off criticism of Trump’s misogyny

This isn’t the first time Baldwin has caused controversy. Last November he was accused of victim blaming after discussing Harvey Weinstein in an interview with PBS Newshour, stating:

“You heard the rumor that [Weinstein] raped Rose McGowan. We’ve heard that for decades and nothing was done. What happened was Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case.”

The backlash Baldwin received had caused him to temporarily deactivate his Twitter account and later backtrack on his comments, clarifying that it was “never my intention to blame the victim.”

It might be best for Baldwin to not check his Twitter notifications for the time being.

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