Actor Alec Baldwin discussed rampant allegations of sexual misconduct with Megyn Kelly on her NBC morning show Thursday and stated that, while many perpetrators have admitted their guilt, there are innocents who stand accused of sexual impropriety.
Where did this come from?
Earlier this week, Baldwin shared a Twitter update calling out late-night TV hosts — such as Stephen Colbert and John Oliver — over their propensity to act as figurative grand juries with regard to targets of sexual misconduct allegations.
Baldwin tweeted Wednesday: "Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc. Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries."
Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc. Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 6, 2017
What did Baldwin say to Kelly?
Baldwin told Kelly that he stands by his tweet and added that he doesn't want to "see people who are innocent get into trouble."
"I do find that, that whole issue, which is a big can of worms to open up really, it is really, really tough, because you certainly want to see everyone who is guilty of something, who have done bad things, wrong things that hurt people, you want to see those people get punished," Baldwin explained. "But I don’t want to see other people get pulled into that who ... there’s a lot of accusations and no proof yet, I don’t want to see people to get hurt."
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. I just don’t want to see people who are innocent get into trouble."
Baldwin pointed to embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein and the plethora of accusations laid against him.
"Like Weinstein, for example, is in a rehab hiding behind millions of dollars’ worth of lawyers," Baldwin explained, "and I want to see the people who really did something get convicted."
He added, "I mean I want the people who are in the wrong, I want them to be punished, but I don’t want to see innocent people get hurt either."
WATCH: “I want to see the people who really did something get convicted… but I don’t want to see innocent people get hurt either.” Alec Baldwin talks to @megynkelly about Weinstein, harassment and more on @MegynTODAY pic.twitter.com/r6887ipdTo
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 7, 2017