Alec Baldwin is swimming against the current in his latest interview.
On Thursday’s episode of Megyn Kelly TODAY, actor Alec Baldwin took a controversial stance in regards to the recent sexual assault allegations sweeping Hollywood. Rather than taking the side of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein and others of sexual misconduct, he seemed to take a cautious middle ground.
“I want to see the people who really did something get convicted, I mean I want the people who are the wrong, I want them to be punished,” Baldwin told Kelly. “But I don’t want innocent people get hurt either.”
His statement reflects a stance taken immediately following the allegations against Weinstein last October. At the time Baldwin was very critical of late night talk show hosts who he believed to be engaging in a witch hunt. Baldwin would later make even more controversial statements by criticizing Rose McGowan for accepting a $100,000 settlement after Weinstein allegedly assaulted her.
Following that, Baldwin received a maelstrom of angry tweets for his comments to the point where the actor decided to delete his earlier statements and take a break from Twitter.
“It is w some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting on this a TWITTER account for a period of and in the current climate,” he tweeted in early November. “It was never my intention, in my public statements, to ‘blame the victim’ in the many sexual assault cases that have emerged recently.”
Now, rather than blame the victim, Baldwin has changed his tone, expressing concern for those who may be falsely accused of sexual misconduct.
“I do find that, that whole issue, which is a big can of worms to open up really, it is really, really tough, because you certainly want to see everyone who is guilty of something, who have done bad things, wrong things that hurt people, you want to see those people get punished,” he explained to Kelly. “But I don’t want to see other people get pulled into that who – there’s a lot of accusations and no proof yet, I don’t want to see people to get hurt.”
He may get his proof sooner than expected. A class-action lawsuit was filed by six women on Wednesday against Weinstein, Miramax, and The Weinstein Company alleging that the companies colluded to “perpetuate and conceal Weinstein’s widespread sexual harassment and assault.”
“We are but six women representing hundreds,” the six women said in a joint statement.
Weinstein has yet to comment.