Actor Liam Neeson has issued a new apology for his racially-fueled vigilante remarks, which landed him in big trouble last month (Feb19).
While promoting his new film Cold Pursuit, about a grieving father who takes seeks revenge against his son’s murderers, the 66-year-old leading man sparked outrage by recounting his efforts in seeking out a black man he believed raped his friend.
Liam told Britain’s Independent newspaper he went looking to kill a “black b**tard” who fitted the description of his friend’s attacker.
“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some black b**tard would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” he said.
The star was roasted on social media after the interview was released, and he appeared on television days later to apologize for his remarks, insisting he is not a racist.
Now, a month later, Liam is apologizing again, noting that after much reflection he has realized how much pain his comments caused.
“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,” he wrote in a statement on Friday (29Mar19).
“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 language is so often weaponized and an entire community of innocent people are targeted in acts of rage.
“What I failed to realize is that this is not about justifying my anger all those years ago, it is also about the impact my words have today. I was wrong to do what I did. I recognize that, although the comments I made do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me, they were hurtful and divisive. I profoundly apologize.”
– Cover Media0