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Alec Baldwin Defends Tom Cruise

Sep 18, 2006 | 7:47am EDT

Alec Baldwin has spoken out in defense of fellow screen star Tom Cruise's Scientology beliefs, insisting followers of his controversial faith are not nearly as worrying as those who "drove planes into the World Trade Center."

The Pearl Harbor actor believes that, until Scientologists are found to be responsible for atrocities such as the 9/11 attacks, the media should leave Cruise alone.

He tells PageSix.com, "I think what's been done to Tom is kind of silly. I don't really understand Tom's religious beliefs; nor do I want to.

"All I know is I don't see people who are disciples of Tom's faith driving planes into the World Trade Center.

"When Scientologists start crashing planes into the Pentagon, then I think we should sit Tom down and have a grand jury talk to him. In the meantime, let's just leave him alone."

Baldwin Sticks Up for Sheen

Alec Baldwin has defended fellow actor Charlie Sheen against allegations he enjoys pornography featuring teenagers.

Baldwin's ex-wife Kim Basinger hired the same tough legal team for the pair's ongoing custody wrangle as Sheen's former love Denise Richards, who has taken on the services of the lawyers for her current divorce battle with Sheen.

But while he admits Sheen is a "h**ndog," he believes his pal has been unfairly lambasted by the attorneys.

He tells PageSix.com, "Charlie Sheen may be one of the great h**ndogs of his generation, but he is not a pedophile."

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