Alec Baldwin taking a Twitter break following backlash
ALEC BALDWIN has announced he will be taking a break from Twitter following online criticism of him "victim blaming".
The decision is a result of the recent backlash he faced over his response to women who settled sexual harassments suits with disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein.
He shared a thread of tweets explaining his decision.
He said, "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."
The star said his heart goes out to all those who have been a victim of sexual assault.
The online backlash came after Baldwin's interview with PBS NewsHour.
In the interview he suggested women who settle sexual harassment suits become silenced.
"When you talked about Harvey Weinstein in the business, you knew that he was highly intrusive in the process of making films … you knew that he was a very intense guy … and last but not least, you heard the rumour that he raped Rose McGowan.
"You heard that over and over - we heard that for decades. And nothing was done."
He was then asked why no one had come forward if they were aware of this. He said, "Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him.
He then concluded it was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case.
Baldwin talked about the New York Times article that exposed Weinstein and asked, "Do the settlement of these cases hurt the cause of exposing and bringing us to a place of real change?"
He said even though they were told being quiet was the right thing for them to do, and it would hurt their career, "don't make too many waves", when they accept the money, "does it set back the course of change?"
"That's an issue, I think," he concluded.
Well, social media users were not impressed.
Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein of raping her in a New Yorker article, shared the PBS NewsHour video.
She wrote, "Hey, [Alec Baldwin] you're either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three."
Following his announcement that he was leaving Twitter she wrote, "We won't miss you bully boy."