Alec Baldwin suspends Twitter activity after users hammer him over sexual assault comments

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Alec Baldwin quit Twitter on Saturday as users bashed him regarding comments he made about actress Rose McGowan, who accepted a $100,00 settlement from Harvey Weinstein over sexual assault allegations in 1997.

Speaking to PBS on Friday, Baldwin said he had heard a a rumor about McGowan being raped by Weinstein.

“You heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan,” Baldwin said. “You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades.”

“But what happened was that Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him,” he continued.  “It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case.”

Further commenting about McGowan’s settlement, Baldwin asked, “Do the settlement of these cases hurt the cause of exposing and bringing us to a place of real change? “When women take money and are silenced by that money… does it set back the cause of change? “That’s an issue, I think,”

McGowan quickly responded to his remarks, writing, “Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more.”

Baldwin, who admitted to treating women in a sexist way in the past, was targeted by McGowan’s fans on Saturday. They supported her criticism of Baldwin and his remarks, and accused the actor of blaming women and not the rapist, and of blaming McGowan for Weinstein’s continued sexual misconduct.

“The money is NOT the reason they don’t speak out and Alec Baldwin is victim blaming,” one user remarked.

Baldwin later announced a pause to his Twitter activity. Over the course of 5 tweets, combined here, he wrote: “It is [with] some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting on this a TWITTER account for a period of [time] 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 [with] the understanding that settlement is wise, intimidated into believing so. My heart goes out to all such victims. My goal is to do better in all things related to gender equality. Au revoir.”

In a 6th tweet, Baldwin wrote: “My Foundation acct, @ABFalecbaldwin, will continue to post re our work w the arts and environment.”

 

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