Alec Baldwin Defends Woody Allen, Calls the Backlash Against Him ‘Unfair and Sad’


Alec Baldwin defended Woody Allen against new calls for condemnation of the filmmaker and his work after his allegations of sexual abuse and predatory behavior have resurfaced.

The accusations, which he claims are not true, were initially leveled against Allen in 1992 by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow who claimed he molested her when she was a child. Farrow re-upped these allegations in 2014, bringing more awareness to the issue that many in the entertainment industry seem to have forgotten about until recently.

Additionally, in her first TV interview on the issue, Dylan Farrow told CBS that she is both “credible” and “telling the truth.” That segment, hosted by Gayle King, is set to air on Thursday morning.

However, to Baldwin, condemning Allen now is both “unfair” and “sad.”

“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,” tweeted Baldwin from his Alec Baldwin Foundation account — the main one he uses.

The “renunciation” of Allen that Baldwin references is a shot at the many actors who have condemned or detached themselves from the filmmaker and his work in light of the #MeToo movement’s rise and the anti-sexual misconduct atmosphere that has taken hold in Hollywood after the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Actors Griffin Newman, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet, all of who have appeared in Allen’s films, vowed to give away the money they earned from their work in his productions. Many other actors and Hollywood celebrities have also recently condemned him — a path that Baldwin is clearly not choosing to follow.

This isn’t the first time that Baldwin has taken heat for his comments on sexual misconduct, as he was soundly criticized for appearing to partially defend Weinstein against accuser Rose McGowan during an interview in late 2017.

“What happened was Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with [Weinstein]. It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case,” said Baldwin to PBS.

He later issued a six-part tweet thread apologizing for his comments on McGowan and even stopped using his personal Twitter account over the controversy.

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