Liam Neeson has received a strong backlash in recent days for admitting that, in his youth, he had roamed the streets in the hope of a confrontation with a black person, following his friend's sexual assault by a black person. I am not racist.
The actor, who is from Ballymena in Northern Ireland, has faced criticism following his comments.
Speaking on "Good Morning America", he said: "We were doing a press junket, and the topic of our film Cold Pursuit is revenge". I'll tell you a story.
He said the incident happened many decades ago.
He said of his friend: "She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way".
Neeson said: "But my immediate reaction was".
Allen addressed his comments on stage during her No Shame Tour in Sydney, introducing the song by saying: "Normally, I dedicate this song to Donald Trump, but tonight I'm dedicating it to Liam Neeson". What colour were they?
Joking about Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World in the wake of the latter being accused of shocking sex abuse, a third person wrote: "I guess Sony pictures will soon be hiring Christopher Plummer to replace Liam Neeson in the upcoming Men In Black reboot. Skills that I have acquired over a very long career", tweeted David Baddiel, referring to the famous speech Neeson delivered in the original Taken. I asked her did she know the person, and his race. You know? 'What's wrong?' 'No no, nothing's wrong'. "I asked him how someone could come to think the way Neeson did, because I couldn't fathom reacting in a similar fashion". And I've never admitted that, and I'm saying it to a journalist.
"And at the time, even though this was almost 40 years ago, I didn't think about that, all those things surprised me, but it was this primal hatred, I guess, that really shocked me, when I eventually came down to earth and saw what I was doing, looking for a fight".
Though Liam attempted to clarify his comments and insisted he is "not racist" in an interview on Good Morning America, hours before he and his co-stars in the movie were due to walk the red carpet on Tuesday, all interviews and photo calls were cancelled.
Neeson denied he was racist during a subsequent US TV appearance on Tuesday, attributing his behaviour to "a primal urge to lash out".