Alec Baldwin has confessed that he has ‘bullied’ women during his career.

The American actor’s admission happened on Thursday during a speech at the Paley Centre for Media in New York and adds to the growing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood.

Baldwin was being honoured at the ceremony, but while speaking to a crowded room, he said that there needed to be a change in how women are treated in the film and TV industry, as well as other work places.

"I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way," the Emmy Award-winner confessed. "I've bullied women. I've overlooked women. I've underestimated women . . .

He added: "From time to time, I've done what a lot of men do, which is . . . when you don't treat women the same way you treat men."

The former 30 Rock star also pointed out that he grew up in a generation where women were not treated the same as men and that he would like to change that.

Speaking about the rumours of sexual harassment circulating around Hollywood, Baldwin said: "I knew of certain things, that there were rumours of things happening to people, but I didn't necessarily know the scope, when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this."

He added: "It's been a very eye-opening experience for me personally. We've got to be vigilant in a new way to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that we get the job done together that we're there to do."

The 59-year-old also said that in order to move forward on the issue "it's important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate but as productive, as well."