Alec Baldwin has defended Woody Allen on Twitter while calling other actors “unfair and sad” for voicing their regrets over working with him.
The star, who worked with Allen on Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, is the latest actor to speak publicly about the film-maker following on from Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet.
“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” Baldwin tweeted. “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.”
He then proceeded to retweet a number of people sharing the story of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen’s adopted son Moses Farrow, who claims he was “brainwashed” by his adoptive mother. He denies that any abuse occurred.
“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent?” Baldwin later tweeted. “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.”
Baldwin’s comments arrive after more actors have expressed regret over choosing to work with Allen. After the initial news about alleged sexual abuse from Harvey Weinstein last year, Ellen Page shared a Facebook post in which she called working with Allen her “biggest regret”.
An op-ed from Dylan Farrow in December, criticizing the hypocrisy of actors for keeping quiet over the alleged abuse from her father has then led to more speaking out. “I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: if I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” Gerwig said in a roundtable discusion for the New York Times. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”
Last week, Mira Sorvino shared an apologetic open letter addressed to Dylan Farrow while Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chamalet have both decided to donate their salaries from Allen’s new film to charities. “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all the people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” Chalamet wrote on Instagram.
The film in question, A Rainy Day in New York, is scheduled for release later this year and also stars Jude Law, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber and Selena Gomez. Mandy Teefey, Gomez’s mother, has used Instagram to air her thoughts on her daughter’s decision to work with Allen.
“No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to,” she wrote. “I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click. Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”
Last year, Baldwin admitted that his behavior towards women in the industry hasn’t always been professional.
“I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way,” he said during a discussion on stage. “I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women. Not as a rule. From time to time, I’ve done what a lot of men do, which is … when you don’t treat women the same way you treat men. You don’t. I’m from a generation where you really don’t and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”