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Nearly two months after sparking backlash for saying he’d once sought revenge for a friend’s rape — “hoping some ‘black ****’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something” — Liam Neeson has “profoundly” apologized for his “unacceptable thoughts and actions.”
The actor revealed the story while promoting “Cold Pursuit,” leading to to the red-carpet portion of that film’s world premiere being canceled. Several of Neeson’s collaborators came to his defense in the aftermath — including “Widows” co-star Michelle Rodriguez and “Cold Pursuit” director Hans Petter Moland — but his comments were met with fierce criticism and accusations of racism.
His full statement:
“Over the last several weeks, I have reflected on and spoken to a variety of people who were hurt by my impulsive recounting of a brutal rape of a dear female friend nearly 40 years ago and my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time in response to this crime. The horror of what happened to my friend ignited irrational thoughts that do not represent the person I am. In trying to explain those feelings today, I missed the point and hurt many people at a time when...
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