Alec Baldwin: 'Grand Jury' Late Night Shows Are Harming "Innocent People"

Lawrence Kim
December 8, 2017

Baldwin's words closely follow Michael Rappaport's criticism of Oliver's decision (a video which Baldwin re-tweeted before making his own remarks) to bring up sexual misconduct allegations against actor Dustin Hoffman at an anniversary screening of Wag the Dog.

"I'm pro for people being punished through a due process of law", Baldwin continued in a response tweet. "Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries".

During the interview, Alec made it clear he wasn't defending sexual predators, but he just wanted the public to exercise caution when reacting to the multitude of claims being made against Hollywood stars since disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was targeted in an initial New York Times expose in October (17).

"Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc.", he posted on Twitter. While many perpetrators have admitted their guilt, Baldwin said there are innocents who stand accused of sexual impropriety. "They think the people that host most of those shows are perfectly-not only within their rights, but that it's very attractive or very necessary for them to be pressing this cause". I want the people who are wrong, I want them to be punished.

Kelly chimed in to say women were in submissive positions years ago. "I want to see the people who really did something get convicted".

Baldwin told Kelly that he stands by his tweet and added that he doesn't want to "see people who are innocent get into trouble". "Like someone said to me, if we are in a conversation and I talk over you, that is a mild form of bullying, if I don't let you finish your sentence".

"And there are people who say that if an entire television show and all very well paid crew and cast of that show lose their jobs, year ago that was used as means of leveraging the woman to keep quiet: you don't want to put all those people out of work".

Ultimately, Alec believes we all need to "treat people" better, and to be conscious of our actions.

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