NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Actor James Woods offered strong words for civil rights activist and television pundit Al Sharpton on Twitter, accusing the Baptist minister of inspiring the murder of two New York police officers by leading protests against police violence.
After a three month absence from Twitter, Woods returned to the social media platform to blast Sharpton, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Obama administration.
In a tweet, Woods asserted Sharpton was "directly responsible" for the deaths of officer Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car on Saturday.
Woods has since continued to criticizing Sharpton, whom Woods accuses of being a "race-hustler."
New Hashtag: #TurnYourBack EVERY time DeBlasio speaks, EVERY Police Officer in sight should turn his/her back. Especially at Cops' funerals— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 21, 2014
Despite Woods' strong words for Sharpton, the Once Upon a Time in America star also tweeted support for Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric, after she called for solidarity between those who demonstrate against police violence and the police whose culture demonstrators seek to change.
I think this is a very courageous and compassionate act by a woman who has her own deep sorrow. I am so moved by her. http://t.co/FkEEG7kzxS— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 23, 2014
Woods' "long time" friend and political opposite Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to address Woods' rant, but Woods said he chose ignore Baldwin's comments for the sake of their friendship.
I am slightly shocked to see some of the otherwise informed people who would politicize the deaths of police officers. @RealJamesWoods— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 21, 2014
I hear that my long time friend @AlecBaldwin had said some things. I've chosen not to read them because I like him and want to keep it thus.— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 23, 2014
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Woods had deleted the tweet where he says Sharpton is "directly responsible" for the murder of the policemen. Woods did not delete the tweet.