On Nov. 2, actor Alec Baldwin admitted to"bullying" women and treating them in a "a very sexist" way.
Baldwin was on stage at a cultural organization's event, talking to Steve Higgins, the announcer for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," when conversation steered towards recent sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood, reports WJLA.
"I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way," Baldwin said at the luncheon, which The Paley Center for Media in New York City held to honor the star's professional achievements and contributions to the organization. "I've bullied women. I've overlooked women. I've underestimated women."
Baldwin added he doesn't always mistreat women, but occasionally finds himself doing what "a lot of men do," The Hollywood Reporter reports.
"Not as a rule," he elaborated. "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."
The star also admitted he'd heard rumors there was a sexual abuse problem in Hollywood before the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey.
He said he had no idea just how large of an issue it was.
"It's been a very eye-opening experience for me personally," he said. "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."
Baldwin's confession was met with hostility.
"Yet Hollywood can't stop casting this misogynist a-hole in nearly every SNL episode (his Trump impression isn't that good or funny) and various other TV and game shows," wrote one person in The Hollywood Reporter's comments section. "I loved the original Match Game but I refuse to watch the new one specifically because racist/sexist pig Baldwin is hosting."
Some found Baldwin's comments suspicious.
"Getting ahead of the curve with his upcoming sexual abuse allegations I see," added another.
"With Baldwin's arrogance, abusive personality, and temper, there's no doubt he's up to his ears in sexual harassment," alleged a third.
Some defended and praised Baldwin.
"Am I the only one who thinks it's brave to speak up about this?" asked one in the Daily Mail's comments section. "I'd like to think he's grown up and matured as a man and gained respect for women. Or maybe I'm just being naive…"
"Good for him for admitting his faults," added another.