Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland Baldwin came to his defense after the "30 Rock" star was reported throwing anti-gay slur at a photographer during an angry encounter. Ireland, who is Alec's daughter with Kim Basinger, took to Twitter to show support to her father on Saturday, November 16, saying that Alec "has a kind heart" despite the reports.
"It takes a lot of strength for someone to release their anger," Ireland wrote. "It takes a lot of strength and SUPPORT for someone to grow and become a better person. We all say things we don't mean. We all say things we can't take back."
The 18-year-old model then explained, "For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist." She continued, "My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN'T. My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby."
Alec has apologized following reports of him throwing anti-gay epithet at a photographer which resulted in his suspension from "Up Late With Alec Baldwin". "I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry," he said in a statement.
"Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand 'Up Late' will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week," he continued.
Writing in a Huffington Post piece, the actor later hinted at leaving entertainment industry in order to protect his family. "If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theater, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy choice," he said.