Alec Baldwin defends comparison of late-night shows to 'grand juries'

On Wednesday, following Dustin Hoffman's argument with John Oliver on Monday, Baldwin tweeted from his foundation handle that late-night shows, which once featured small talk for figures on promotional tours, had become "grand juries". I just don't want to see people who are innocent get into trouble...[Harvey] Weinstein, for example, is in a rehab hiding behind millions of dollars' worth of lawyers.

"I'm pro for people being punished through a due process of law", Baldwin continued in a response tweet.

"Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc", Baldwin tweeted.

Kelly chimed in to say women were in submissive positions years ago.

The incident that seems to set Baldwin off was the Last Week Tonight host challenging actor Dustin Hoffman over an alleged 1985 incident in which "The Graduate" star is said to have sexually harassed a 17-year-old assistant.

Alec Baldwin gave his opinion on the recent slew of sexual assault allegations spreading through Hollywood and beyond, and some of Tinseltown's funnymen won't like what he has to say.

"He added, "[People] think that those hosts of those shows are perfectly - not only within their rights - but it's very attractive or very necessary for them to be pressing this cause.

Alec also offered up his thoughts on his filmmaker pal James Toback, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 30 women in recent weeks, admitting he can not understand why any man would force themselves upon a woman.

"I want to see the people who really did something get convicted... but I don't want to see innocent people get hurt either", he explained further. Where we live now, there are a lot of things you just don't do any more. "But I don't want innocent people get hurt either".

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

Baldwin has been criticized for some of the comments he has made in recent months, as women have come forward to accuse powerful men of misconduct.

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