Alec Baldwin defends Felicity Huffman: 'The demonisation of wealth in this country is mind blowing'

Alec Baldwin is doubling down in his defence of Felicity Huffman and others implicated in the college admissions scandal.

On Wednesday, the actor ruffled feathers on Twitter when he declared, "I don’t think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison." Baldwin said he thought the defendants, which include Huffman and Lori Loughlin, should do community service and pay fines.

"My heart goes out to Felicity, Bill Macy and their family," he added.

Baldwin, 61, was immediately called out by his followers, and he responded to one person who said his opinion was "tone deaf."

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"The demonisation of wealth in this country is mind blowing," the Saturday Night Live actor replied.

"A country built on both freedoms and commerce. Now, all success is scrutinised. Merely to succeed, especially financially, invites scrutiny, judgment, abuse."

The response didn't sit well with some on Twitter.

Huffman pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud conspiracy for paying $15,000 (£11,638) for someone to increase her daughter’s SAT scores. She reported for sentencing Tuesday at a federal correctional facility in California, where she will serve 14 days behind bars. The Desperate Housewives star must also complete 250 hours of community service and pay a fine of $30,000 (£23,276).

While some argued her prison sentence was too light, the prosecutor in the Operation Varsity Blues case called the two weeks "very reasonable." He also praised how the star handled herself.

Actors William Macy, Felicity Huffman, and Alec Baldwin attend the TNT/TBS broadcast of the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010. (Getty)

"She took responsibility almost immediately," Andrew Lelling, whose office is prosecuting the case, said. “She was contrite, did not try to minimise her conduct. I think she handled it in a very classy way.”

Huffman has found support from her peers. Dana Delany, Eva Longoria and “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry have all publicly stood by the actress in the wake of the scandal.