Alec Baldwin Compares Dylan Farrow to Character Who Lied About Rape

In a series of tweets Sunday, Alec Baldwin compared Dylan Farrow to Mayella Ewell, a character in the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird who falsely accuses a black man of rape. Baldwin said one of the most “effective” tools in Farrow’s “arsenal is the ‘persistence of emotion.’” Not unlike Mayella, he said, Farrow’s “tears/exhortations” are meant to “shame” people into believing her allegations that Woody Allen molested her. He stated that he “needed a lot more” before condemning Allen. The tweets come after Farrow spoke about her alleged abuse on CBS News, and Baldwin called accusations against Allen “unfair and sad.”