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Alec Baldwin Confesses To His Own Mistreatment Of Women, Says Hollywood Needs To Change

Hollywood stars are no strangers to controversy staining their careers, but this year the ousting of Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator not only affected the producer's career, it also led to the downfall of a few other leading men.

Following the lead of other famous women like Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, other celebrities, both women and men, also came forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment while working in the industry.

Former child stars Reese Witherspoon, Molly Ringwald and James Van Der Beek revealed that they were all underage when they were assaulted by powerful men in Hollywood. All three wrote about feeling powerless and shame about the experience and being made to feel like staying silent was the only way they could remain employed.

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Actor Terry Crews also opened up about an incident where a "Hollywood honcho" groped him at an event he attended with his wife last year.

Unfortunately, the stories didn't end there.

A former Today Show presenter, Michele Mahone, made allegations of sexual assault against the late Patrick Swayze. Just like the other cases, Mahone's experience was also swept under the rug as soon as she reported it to the producer she was working for at the time.

While we were all reeling from Mahone's shocking allegations, actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed about a time when House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was "sexually aggressive" with him in 1986. He was just 14-years-old.

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Spacey responded to the allegations saying that he is "horrified," but doesn't recall their encounter. He also came out as gay in the statement released on Twitter.

Now, nearly a week after that bombshell, Alec Baldwin decided to step forward and come clean about how he has treated women in the past.

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Baldwin, who is known for his bad temper and questionable actions towards women in the past, made comments on his behavior while speaking at a Paley Center for Media luncheon held in his honor.

While speaking at the event, Baldwin, 59, admitted that throughout his career, he has "treated women in a very sexist way."

"I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women,” he said. "Not as a rule. 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."

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The actor has been in hot water multiple times for easily losing his temper towards women. Last week, after a female journalist wrote about Baldwin's time working with director James Toback, who has been accused of sexual harassment by hundreds of women, he told her to "stick to divorces and plastic surgery."

"I would send you an email, on any subject, if you weren’t such a dishonest, awful writer," he added in his response to reporter Kayla Cobb.

A few years ago, he also came under fire for referring to his then 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, as a "rude thoughtless pig" in an angry voicemail amidst his custody battle with actress Kim Basinger.  

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The 30 Rock star later apologized for the way he acted with his daughter, and now he has also come to terms with being a bully to other women.

He also addressed his relationship with Toback, saying that it was "strictly business."

"I knew of certain things, that there were rumors of things happening to people,” he said, “but I didn’t necessarily know the scope," he said.

He then added that these allegations made against other men in Hollywood has been "a very eye-opening experience for me personally," and called for a stop to harassment.  

"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."

We're glad the actor took his own initiative to admit his shortcomings and shine a light on an issue that affects women all over the world.

What do you think of Baldwin's speech? Let us know in the comments!

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