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Alec Baldwin takes a Twitter break after backlash over Weinstein, McGowan comments

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(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin has taken a Twitter break in the wake of online backlash in reaction to his most recent comments about accused serial sexual predators Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, and sexual harrassment in general.

In a series of six tweets, Baldwin said, in part,  "it is w some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting...It was never my intention to...'blame the victim' in the many sexual assault cases that have emerged recently."

Things apparently came to a head following comments Baldwin made during a sit-down with PBS NewsHour Friday, in which he was asked about the disgraced filmmakers, including Toback, with whom Baldwin has worked on more than one occasion and who is accused of sexual misconduct with hundreds of women. 

Both Weinstein and Toback have denied allegations they committed any non-consensual sex acts.

In the PBS interview, Baldwin explained, "You heard the rumor that [Weinstein] raped Rose McGowan...We’ve heard that for decades and nothing was done." Baldwin added, "Well, but what happened was Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case."

Baldwin also noted what he said was a New York Times article that raised the question of whether "women who take money and are silenced by that money -- even though they took the money and were silenced beacuse they were told beyond the money it was the right thing for them to do -- keep quiet, don't make too many waves, it's going to hurt your career -- when they do it, nonetheless, does it set back the cause of change?"

Saturday, McGowan responded. "Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more." #ROSEARMY."

McGowan also got backup from actress Asia Argento, who also has accused Weinstein of rape. "Hey @AlecBaldwin you're either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three," she noted.

After Baldwin tweeted that he was taking a Twitter break, Argento responded in part, "We won't miss you, Bully boy."

Baldwin tweeted back, "If you paint every man w the same brush, you’re gonna run out of paint or men @AsiaArgento."

Argento then accused the actor of "mansplaining ‘the cause’ for women everywhere," whereupon Baldwin blocked her. "I wear this medal with pride," she posted

Argento's boyfriend, celebrity chef and documentarian Anthony Bourdain, also took a shot at Baldwin, writing, "You are really too dumb to pour piss out of a boot."  Baldwin tweeted back, "You should stick to eating worms and keep your mouth shut," then blocked Bourdain

Days earlier, Baldwin also took heat for comments he made to a Decider reporter who took a new look at Baldwin and Toback's 2013 documentary, Seduced and Abandoned.

He dismissed journalist Kayla Cobb as "dreadful," and said, in a now-deleted tweet advised, "Why don’t you...stick to divorces and plastic surgery."

Baldwin noted to another critic, Herald Sun journalist Rita Panahi, that the documentary was "before" the accusations came to light about Toback. Panahi followed with a picture of Baldwin, Toback, and another disgraced filmmaker, Roman Polanski. "But it was AFTER Polanski had fled justice AFTER drugging & anally raping a child," she quipped. "Get in the bin, @AlecBaldwin. Stay strong, @AsiaArgento."

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