Alec Baldwin responded to allegations of sexual assault against Woody Allen in recent posts on social media. The actor defended and praised the film director despite other stars speaking up against him.
In a series of tweets, Baldwin defended Allen and called the criticism against him as "unfair and sad." The actor responded to the rising number of backlash against the director and pointed out that Allen was "investigated forensically" and that "no charges were filed."
Baldwin acknowledged that sexual abuse complaints should never be dismissed but be "treated carefully." The Boss Baby star maintains his support to survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault and abuse but believes that Allen is innocent. Baldwin then praised the director and said that it was one of the privileges of his career to have worked with Allen.
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.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 16, 2018
Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? 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. — ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 16, 2018
Baldwin's tweet comes after allegations of sexual abuse against Allen from his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced in the wake of the Times Up movement and #MeToo campaign.
In 2014, Farrow detailed her harrowing experience of sexual abuse from her father in a letter penned to The New York Times. Farrow revealed that she was 7 when Allen took her to the attic and sexually assaulted her with a promise that he would make her a star in his Hollywood movies, as long as she keeps what happened between them a secret. She recalled that Allen would often take her away from her siblings and mother and do things to her that she did not like, including getting in bed with him while he was in his underwear.
Three years later, Farrow wrote a similar op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. In December, she linked Allen to the #MeToo movement and the director has repeatedly denied the sexual abuse allegations.
Farrow's accusations prompted Rebecca Hall and Timothee Chalamet to pledge their salaries from their work on Allen's film A Rainy Day in New York to charity. Chalamet said he will be donating his salary to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization, to the Times Up movement, and to the LGBT Center in New York. Meanwhile, Hall pledged last week that she will be donating her earnings to the Times Up fund.