Liam Neeson Calls Sexual Harassment Allegations in Hollywood a 'Witch Hunt'

Bessie Dean
January 13, 2018

Neeson spoke about the incident involving radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor, who lost his job at Minnesota Public Radio past year after allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

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"When you're doing a play and you're with your family - other actors, technicians - you do silly things. and it becomes kind of superstitious, if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show", said Neeson. I'm not saying I've done similar things like what he did.

"He was listening to a sad story from a female friend of his", said Neeson, relaying Keillor's version of events.

When the actor was cut off by host Ryan Tubridy, who asked him if he thought that a larger movement was happening because of these voices coming forward, Neeson agreed, but also said that it should go beyond Hollywood.

Speaking about the wave of allegations and the emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Neeson acknowledged that it was "healthy" for the entertainment industry to face up to the problems which have been laid bare by the scandals. But it's across every industry.

Neeson said he was "very humbled" to be honoured by President Higgins and that he would continue to "fly the flag for Irish arts" and to continue his work as a goodwill ambassador with UNICEF". I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me ...

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"Liam Neeson: witch hunt is a term for false accusations against the vulnerable by the powerful, so it's not an accurate description of holding privileged men in power accountable for their actions".

Also, historically, witch hunts left a lot of innocent women dead and produced no actual witches, so it might be time to find a new metaphor. "We can't instantly shun someone when they've only been accused".

Another user wrote,"Liam Neeson on the "Late Late" suggesting that Hoffman might simply rub a co-star's breasts in superstition before a performance. "Childhood stuff". Yeah, if there's a line to be drawn Liam, I don't see it's there".

Despite the grey weather it was a bright day for Ballymena born Liam Neeson as he received an award from the President of Ireland for his contribution to the country and humanity.

"Oh God, Liam... it's not "childhood stuff" when they were grown men, it's being lecherous, inappropriate creeps".

But @RealSarahFlynn wrote: "You mightn't like it but at least he's authentic and I don't think calling elements of it a witch hunt is that terribly untrue".

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