Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin discussed the ongoing sexual harassment allegations circulating in Hollywood Thursday by admitting that he has treated women in a "sexist way" in the past.
Baldwin made the comments as he was being honored by The Paley Center for Media for his career and efforts to help support the organizations educational initiatives, noted The Hollywood Reporter.
"I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way. I've bullied women. I've overlooked women. I've underestimated women. Not as a rule," the actor said. "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."
"I think it's important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate but as productive, as well. I think a lot of what we're dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It's making it less productive," he continued.
"I knew of certain things, that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn't necessarily know the scope, when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this," Baldwin said."It's been a very eye-opening experience for me personally. 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."
Recently, Baldwin commented on the sexual harassment charges facing James Toback whom the 59-year-old has worked with on films such as Seduced and Abandoned and The Private Life of a Modern Woman.
"In all the time I've known Jimmy, I never had one conversation about his sex life, which is not unusual for me because I'm not sitting down with some guy and he's saying to me, 'Man, you should have seen what I did last night with this girl in this hotel.' I don't go there," Baldwin said during an interview with The Los Angeles Times.
"I'd always heard Jimmy was peculiar. I remember years ago, with [the movie] The Pick-up Artist, Jimmy had this reputation 20, 25 years ago or more of hitting on [women], going up and saying provocative things to them. I'd heard of that. But in my time with Jimmy, it was absolutely, positively business," he continued.