Liam Neeson: "Bit of a witch hunt" over sex allegations

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

IRISH actor Liam Neeson is "on the fence" over allegations of sexual misconduct against Oscar-winning star Dustin Hoffman.

He said some people are "being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something and suddenly they're being dropped from their programme".

Neeson then went on to use the example of Garrison Keillor, the Minnesota Public Radio broadcaster and writer who was sacked by the station past year for "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him".

Neeson was also a bit wary about the accusations against fellow actor Dustin Hoffman. "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".

Liam Neeson thinks the worldwide "Me Too" reckoning of sexual harassment and assault has turned into a "witch-hunt" that has gone too far, and that its advocates are going after men accused of "childhood stuff" and "touching some girl's knee, or something". I'm not saying I did similar things, apparently he touched a girl's breast, but it's childhood stuff'.

Neeson described Keillor as an "extraordinary writer, and radio star" and said he was reading about the case recently and recounted what he had read.

Neeson, who has starred in such films as the Taken series and Love Actually, made the remarks during an interview with the Irish broadcaster RTE.

"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".

"There is a movement happening".

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. It's healthy and it's across every industry. "But it's across every industry", he continued. I sent her an e-mail of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me. "If you read the stuff about that that I've read about how female labourers are being treated on farms, ranches, and all the rest of it, it's chilling".

Liam Neeson was presented with the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in Dublin on Friday by President Michael D Higgins to honour his contribution to Ireland and his humanitarian work. I really like Liam, but just, no.,"social media user Nicola Brennan wrote".

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