‘Cold Pursuit’ Premiere Abruptly Cancels Red Carpet Amid Liam Neeson Racism Controversy

IndieWire | 2/5/2019 | Staff
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Lionsgate has canceled the red carpet at the premiere of Liam Neeson’s dark comedy “Cold Pursuit” just hours before the event was set to take place in New York City (via Variety). The news comes in the midst of a controversy involving an interview Liam Neeson gave to The Independent in which he revealed several decades ago he wanted to indiscriminantly kill a black man after learning his good friend was brutally raped. The interview, published February 4, resulted in backlash against Neeson accusing the actor of racism.

As clarified by Neeson during an interview with “Good Morning America” earlier today, the actor was out of the country at the time of the sexual assault and was overtaken by a sense of revenge when he heard the news.

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“She said he was a black man,” Neeson told “GMA” host Robin Roberts. “After that, there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence, and I did it for four or five times until I caught myself on. It shocked me, this primal urge I had. It shocked me. It hurt me. I did seek help. I went to...
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