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With his remaining media platforms, controversial actor Alec Baldwin sometimes likes to give a reputational boost to his famous male friends who have become similarly polarizing figures in American public life, most recently Woody Allen and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

In June, Baldwin hosted a bizarre Instagram live chat with Woody Allen, during which he and the 86-year-old director sadly battled wi-fi difficulties, lamented the changing nature of the movie industry and totally avoided any discussion about Allen’s three decades of  sexual abuse allegations made by his daughter, Dylan Farrow.

Baldwin continued his reputation-laundering efforts week when he hosted Kennedy’s wife, actor Cheryl Hines, on his podcast, “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.” While Baldwin and Hines spent most of their time benignly talking about her work on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the actor also took a few moments to engage her in what he intended to be a light-hearted discussion with her about marrying into the Kennedy family.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin attend RFK Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala Awards honoring VP Joe Biden, Howard Schultz & Scott Minerd on December 6, 2016 in New York City. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) 

This chit-chat led to a strange alternative reality, in which Kennedy is still known as a lauded environmental activist, not as “one of the world’s leading anti-vax conspiracy theorists,” as the Daily Beast said. Baldwin and Hines ignored the fact that Kennedy has been condemned by the scientific community and by members of his own famous family for spreading “dangerous misinformation” about vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases.

Baldwin and Hines also ignored the fact that, while she and Kennedy have been married since 2014, he has built a lucrative, anti-vaccine “juggernaut,” according to the Associated Press. Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy’s Children’s Health Defense began raking in followers and millions of dollars in funding as he has used his star power as a Kennedy to “open doors, raise money and lend his group credibility,” AP added.

None of what the Daily Beast called Kennedy’s “anti-vaccine lunacy” came up in Hines’ conversation with Baldwin. Instead, the notoriously belligerent “30 Rock” star, still under investigation in New Mexico for the fatal movie-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, let Hines praise her attorney husband for being a courageous and passionate crusader on behalf of the environment.

Hines, a generally well-liked figure in Hollywood, told Baldwin how “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David introduced her to Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, at an event for the Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit he founded to protect clean water in lakes and rivers worldwide.

“Definitely, being around him (has helped me) understand the environment better, how big corporations, how it’s just easier and cheaper for them to pay fines for … killing people,” Hines said, adding that Kennedy has helped her learn about the environment “on a bigger scale and on the legal side, more than just (recycling).”

When Baldwin similarly talked about Kennedy in heroic terms, citing his need to “save the world all the time,” Hines agreed that she tries to get her husband to “lighten up” sometimes.

“You wouldn’t think he’s as funny and playful as he is, just if you only knew him from his persona that he presents to people,” Hines said. “I’m teaching him to sometimes check it at the door. Like don’t bring everything home. He’s invested in so many … heavy causes.”

As Baldwin and Hines also failed to mention, Kennedy’s “many heavy causes” no longer include the Waterkeeper Alliance. Kennedy resigned as president from the organization in November 2020 to focus on what the nonprofit called “other issues.”

To critics, Kennedy’s focus seems to be “sowing distrust” in the science behind vaccines, which has had “heartbreaking consequences,” as his siblings, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Joseph P. Kennedy II, and niece Maeve Kennedy McKean, wrote in a column for Politico in 2019.

While some would say it’s not fair to hold Hines, or any person, responsible for their spouse’s controversial words or actions, once she and Baldwin started to wax poetic about Kennedy’s passion for his “many heavy causes,” Hines opened herself up to people again wondering about how much she’s gone along with his controversial positions over the years. These questions grew especially intense after he made some particularly incendiary comments at a rally in Washington D.C. in January.

Kennedy compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust, inexplicably saying that Anne Frank had been better off in hiding than Americans whose jobs required them to get vaccinated. Kennedy said the teenager “could hide in an attic” — leaving out the fact that she and her family were found and died in Nazi concentration camps.

The backlash against Kennedy was swift, with the Auschwitz Memorial issuing a statement on Twitter, condemning him for exploiting a tragedy in which people “were humiliated, tortured and murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany.”

Hines initially responded to the Auschwitz Memorial statement by tweeting somewhat mildly: “My husband’s opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues.”

Hines faced even more intense backlash for her attempt to offer the “agree to disagree” excuse. People were not willing to let her off the hook so easily. She was criticized for not immediately issuing a more “firm” public statement such as the one her husband’s sister, Kerry Kennedy, who decried what she called “lies and fear-mongering.” Kerry Kennedy said her brother’s “hateful rhetoric” did not represent the views of the Kennedy family.

Hines eventually returned to Twitter with a stronger statement, tweeting that her husband’s reference to Anne Frank “was reprehensible and insensitive.” She again insisted: “His opinions are not a reflection of my own.”

My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.

— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) January 25, 2022

Her statement left many unsatisfied. Daily Beast editor Marlow Stern pointed out to Hines that her husband has been invoking the Holocaust to make anti-vaccine arguments for years, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Others said that realistically, spouses are tied to each other legally, financially and in many other ways, with one person tweeting: “When her husband is publicly spreading dangerous lies using sickening analogies AND she is a public person, questioning her position on the topic is not out of line.”

With Baldwin, Hines found a friendly interrogator who wasn’t going to put her on the spot. In fact, he gave her the opportunity to promote her work while letting her give her husband’s embattled reputation a nice laundering.

For Baldwin to offer Hines such cover isn’t surprising. He definitely knows what it means to be in the hot spot.  Like his friend Allen, Baldwin has been “mired in the muck” for years, as Salon said. The actor has allegedly assaulted people on the street, been forcibly escorted off an airplane, and notoriously called his 11-year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless pig” in a voicemail he left her in 2007. He also doubled-down in defending his Boston-born influencer wife, Hilaria Baldwin, in early 2021 after she was caught passing herself off as a Spanish immigrant in media interviews and on social media.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the fatal Oct. 21, 2021 shooting of Hutchins on the set of Baldwin’s Western “Rust,” is ongoing, a New Mexico prosecutor announced this week. 

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HUNTER Biden has been spotted on vacation with his wife and father as legal questions about his business and tax practices continue to swirl.

He was seen with his wife, Melissa Cohen, and who is believed to be their two-year-old son, Beau while on vacation in South Carolina.

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The Biden family is expected to remain on vacation for about a week.

Further details of the family's vacation have not been made available.

Hunter has made headlines for a variety of reasons throughout the last few months.

Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Hunter is being investigated for possible tax violations.

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Last month, The U.S. Sun reported on Hunter's ties to notorious mobster Whitey Bulger's family, using them to threaten a drug dealer over a $1,200 order he made while in detox.

He reportedly tried to intimidate the pusher after sending him the money ahead of the drug delivery.

When the man didn’t show up, Hunter Biden furiously texted him: “Look up and see who I am and then look and see who my friends and associates are.”

Receiving no reply, he then sent the contact details of late South Boston gangland overlord James “Whitey” Bulger’s nephew, Jim Bulger, who Hunter was in business with.

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Jim, 60, has never been linked to or accused of illegal activity and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing on his part. 

Hunter’s threats to the drug dealer came a week before he filmed himself smoking crack in a float tank while receiving treatment for his drug addiction in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in January 2019. 

Text messages exclusively obtained by The Sun show that Hunter and the Rhode Island-based dealer first met at a gas station. 

Hunter reminded the man of their original encounter by telling him: “You had the mini. You helped your buddy out hooking me up.”

The texts were found on a bombshell iPhone backup on Hunter’s infamous "laptop from hell."

They were handed to The U.S. Sun by Marco Polo, an organization led by a former White House staffer, who is investigating the laptop.

Emails from Hunter’s laptop show that he and Jim worked together on Hunter’s controversial Chinese business ventures. 

Boston-based Thornton Group - which Jim co-founded and chaired - teamed up with Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca investment firm in 2013.

The companies launched a joint venture with Chinese firm Bohai Capital to create private investment fund BHR Partners, controlled by the majority state-owned Bank of China Limited. 

A document exclusively obtained by The U.S. Sun shows that a week before threatening the drug dealer, Hunter had named Jim as his proxy to vote at a BHR board meeting while he unsuccessfully struggled to get off drugs.

In a signed letter dated January 16, 2019, Hunter wrote: “I, the undersigned, being one of the board members of the Company, hereby appoint James Bulger as my proxy to attend a vote on the board meeting of the Company to be held on January 18, 2019.” 

An exclusive pic obtained by The U.S. Sun sees Hunter and Jim smiling for the camera as they posed together. 

Emails found on the laptop also show Jim offering words of support when it emerged Hunter had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine in 2014. 

Whilst he struggled to reassure their business partners in China about the scandalous news, Jim wrote to Hunter: “I to (sic) am one of the few folks that has the problem of a last name that cuts both ways.” 

Evidence on the laptop appears to show that the following year Hunter wrote a letter of recommendation for Jim’s daughter Alannah to get into his alma mater, Georgetown.

'YOU HAVE LOST YOUR MIND'

A fight between Hunter and his sister-in-law turned lover, Hallie, over a crack rock found hidden behind a picture of his late brother Beau was also reported on by The U.S. Sun earlier this year.

Hunter sent school guidance counselor Hallie a picture of the drugs and box - a photo of which was obtained exclusively by The U.S. Sun - over and over again as he told her: “You just killed the last piece of me.”

Hallie admitted the box was hers but fired back by claiming the drugs were Hunter’s.

She wrote: “You have lost your mind. You really think that is not yours? That rock? F* you Hunter. Get f**** out of my life.”

The fight in November 2018 came as Hunter’s relationship with his late brother Beau’s widow was falling apart.

The pair had gotten together after Beau’s death from brain cancer aged just 46 in 2015 and Hunter’s separation from his wife Kathleen Buhle five months later. 

But their romance soured as Hunter’s addiction to crack and penchant for call girls spiraled out of control.   

Hallie begged Hunter to get sober - as she claimed she herself had done - but he was unable to beat his demons and the messages between the couple became increasingly toxic. 

Tensions reached a boiling point after Hallie took a .38 caliber revolver from Hunter’s truck in Wilmington and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store.

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Additional text messages from Hunter detail fights between him and First Lady Dr Jill Biden.

In one text to his late brother Beau's widow, Hallie, - with whom he was romantically involved at the time - Hunter referred to Jill as a "selfish silly entitled c**t."

He also admitted he had told the now-First Lady to "go f**k yourself" and ridiculed her teaching skills during a row just after Christmas in 2018.  

The bitter showdown came as Hunter's penchant for crack cocaine and wild sex sessions with call girls was reportedly spiralling out of control. 

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Text messages appear to show that Jill, 71, supported Hallie, 47, in pushing for him to seek inpatient rehab treatment.

Most of the texts were found on a bombshell Apple iPhone backup found on Hunter's infamous "laptop from hell."

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