Alec Baldwin on Wednesday slammed the “demonization of wealth in this country” while defending fellow actor Felicity Huffman, who is serving a two-week prison sentence for her role in the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.
“I don’t think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison. That includes past cases as well,” Mr. Baldwin tweeted to his foundation’s 1.1 million followers. “Community service, fines, yes. But prison time, no.
“My heart goes out to Felicity, Bill Macy and their family,” he wrote.
Huffman was sentenced on Sept. 13 to serve two weeks in federal prison as well as pay a $30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service after she pleaded guilty to paying Rick Singer $15,000 to correct her daughter’s SAT scores. Many critics have slammed the light prison sentence, which began Tuesday, as another example of white privilege and how the wealthy and connected appear to receive special treatment in the U.S. justice system.
Not Mr. Baldwin. He thinks class envy has gotten to “mind-blowing” proportions.
“Community service is better,” he wrote after receiving some backlash for his initial tweet. “The demonization of wealth in this country is mind blowing. A country built on both freedoms and commerce. Now, all success is scrutinized. Merely to succeed, especially financially, invites scrutiny, judgment, abuse.”
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