Liam Neeson Clarifies Story About Racially-Charged Revenge: ‘I Am Not Racist’
Written by KFAT on February 6, 2019
Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor
Manhattan, NY, United States (4E) – Following the backlash he received for his racially charged statement in an interview, Liam Neeson has apologized and clarified that he is not racist.
Neeson, during a press junket for his new movie ‘Cold Pursuit’, made the controversial comment in an interview with The Independent, during which he revealed that he once had the urge to kill a black guy after finding out that a member of his family was raped by a black person.
During an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’, Neeson said his story was taken out of context and that he is not at all racist.
Speaking to ‘GMA’ host Robin Roberts, Neeson explained that after finding out that his family member was raped by a black person, he deliberate went out into black communities “to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence.” He added that this primal urge shocked him, after which he sought help for.
Neeson added that he even went to a priest and talked to two good friends about it.
Roberts pointed out that many were disappointed that Neeson immediately asked about the attacker’s race instead of other physical attributes like height or weight. He explained that he did ask about those, too.
Neeson acknowledge that his statements were not only shocking but appalling, and that he would also have reacted the same way if he heard the story from another person.
“I’m a fairly intelligent guy and that’s why it shocked me when I came down to Earth after having these horrible feelings,” Neeson shared.
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