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Alec Baldwin Clarifies Sexual Assault Comments: “It Was Never My Intention To Blame The Victims”

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Alec Baldwin Sexual Assault Comments

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Alec Baldwin Sexual Assault Comments

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Alec Baldwin is clarifying comments he recently made about sexual assault and the scandal enveloping Hollywood and beyond. See his original remarks in the video below.

During an interview for PBS’ “NewsHour,” Baldwin was asked specifically what he knew about the culture of complicity in regards to behavior from Harvey Weinstein and the like. “You knew he was highly intrusive in the process of making films. His nickname was ‘Harvey Scissorhands.’ And he was very intrusive in the path of the directors who worked for him,” the actor replied. “And number two, you knew that he was a very intense guy and very bullying guy, who was shouting and screaming at people and exhorting them when he didn’t get his way.”

“And last but not least,” Baldwin continued, “you heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over, we heard that for decades, and nothing was done.” The interviewer interjected, “But nobody said anything.” The star said in response, “Well, but 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.” He then referenced a “compelling” New York Times article that he said asked, “Do the settlement of these cases hurt the cause of exposing and bringing us to a place of real change?”

Baldwin argued, “When women take money and are silenced by that money — even though they took the money and were silenced because they were told, beyond the money, it was the right tthing for them to do, ‘keep quiet, don’t make too many waves, it’s going to hurt your career’ — when they do it, nonetheless, does it set back the cause of change? That’s an issue, I think.”

As video of the interview circulated on Twitter Friday night, Baldwin was accused of faulting sexual assault victims for taking settlements. Around midday Saturday, he attempted to clarify his point, but also said he was going to avoid discussing the situation further on social media. Writing from his personal “@AlecBaldwin” account, he began, “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. It was never my intention, in my public statements, to ‘blame the victim’ in the many sexual assault cases that have emerged recently.”

“I simply posited that the settlement of such cases certainly delayed justice, though I am fully aware that those settlements were entered into w the understanding that settlement is wise, intimidated into believing so,” he tweeted. “My heart goes out to all such victims. My goal is to do better in all things related to gender equality. Au revoir.” A few minutes later, Baldwin added, “My Foundation acct, @ABFalecbaldwin , will continue to post re our work w the arts and environment.” Watch the full video of his original comments below.

 


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