- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alec Baldwin criticized HBO host John Oliver’s grilling Monday night of Dustin Hoffman on facing multiple sexual harassment allegations, lamenting that comedians like Mr. Oliver are turning lighthearted promotional talks into “grand juries.”

“Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc.,” Mr. Baldwin tweeted Wednesday morning from his charity’s account. “Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.

“Thus far, we’ve had a tidal wave of accusations. But what’s next?” the 59-year-old actor asked. “[Harvey Weinstein] is the low-hanging fruit here. And if you don’t get some form of conviction w him, that will hurt the cause. People have to believe that they’re are ‘ultimate’ consequences.”

A 20th anniversary screening panel for Barry Levinson’s film “Wag the Dog” in New York turned contentious Monday night after Mr. Oliver confronted Mr. Hoffman for allegedly sexually harassing several women decades ago. The two engaged in a tense back-and-forth that led the Oscar-winning actor to complain that he felt blindsided because he wasn’t warned beforehand that the topic would be brought up.

Mr. Baldwin stressed the importance of due process for alleged harassers.

“I think we need to begin to focus on the rule of law now,” he tweeted. “We have a wave of accusations. Now we need to employ a legal process. Unless you think that process is so flawed as to be wholly unreliable. Then what?”

Mr. Baldwin retweeted two messages from actor Michael Rapaport calling Mr. Oliver a “selfish f–” for his conduct during the panel and accusing him of trying to bolster his own career.

Mr. Baldwin also criticized comedian Stephen Colbert, possibly referring to the late-night talk show host interviewing Billy Bush about his involvement in the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording of now-President Trump.

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