The actor, writer, producer, and comedian Alec Baldwin confessed that he also mistreated women in his past. In the wake of multiple sexual harassment scandals, the actor called for a change in the industry and across the world, he remembered his own mistreated of females.
Baldwin said, “I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way.”
“I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women. Not as a rule, [but] 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,” he added.
The actor also spoke out about reform in over the industry, said, “I think it’s important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate but as productive, as well.” Baldwin added, “I think a lot of what we’re dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It’s making it less productive.”
The actor said, “I knew of certain things that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn’t necessarily know the scope when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this.”
“It’s been a very eye-opening experience for me personally. We’ve got to be vigilant in a new way to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that we get the job done together that we’re there to do,” he added.
Previously, Baldwin opened up about the sexual harassment or assault allegations. In addition, now-disgraced director Toback had worked with actor Baldwin on several projects including The Private Life of a Modern Woman and Seduced and Abandoned.
The very first new of the ‘Toback scandal’ broke by Baldwin, he told The Los Angeles Times, “In all the time I’ve known Jimmy, I never had one conversation about his sex life, which is not unusual for me because I’m not sitting down with some guy and he’s saying to me, ‘Man, you should have seen what I did last night with this girl in this hotel.’ I don’t go there.”
“I’d always heard Jimmy was peculiar,” Baldwin said. “I remember years ago, with [the movie] The Pick-up Artist, Jimmy had this reputation 20, 25 years ago or more of hitting on [women], going up and saying provocative things to them. I’d heard of that. But in my time with Jimmy, it was absolutely, positively business.”
38 women accused Toback of sexual misconduct, according to the Los Angeles Times report. Later on, the paper reported that up to 300 women claimed same allegations after the first story. Many popular actresses and celebrities like Julianne Moore, Selma Blair, and Rachel McAdams accused Toback of similar sexual misconduct — sexual harassment or assault.