Liam Neeson profoundly apologises over black b*****d comments as he addresses backlash

Liam Neeson has apologised for his racist comments (Picture: WireImage)

Liam Neeson has apologised for stating he wanted to kill a black man, after a friend was raped.

The Taken star left fans shocked during a recent interview, when he revealed he purposefully walked the streets, armed with a cosh, after learning his pal had been attacked by a black b*****d.

And the 66-year-old has now branded his reaction unacceptable.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 9, 2018 Irish actor Liam Neeson arrives at the premiere of 'Widows' at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario. - Fellow actors and co-stars have come to the defense of Liam Neeson after he admitted he once set out to kill a black man as revenge for a friend who had been raped. Actress Michelle Rodriguez, who co-starred with Neeson in last year's movie "Widows," lashed out at the fierce criticism her colleague has faced at the amfAR Gala in New York late February 6, 2019, insisting he was not a racist."Its all fucking bullshit," she told Vanity Fair. "Dude, have you watched 'Widows'? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis's throat. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP)GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images
Liam has reflected on his comments (Picture: AFP)

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 said in a statement shared with Variety.

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 realise is that this is not about justifying my anger all those years ago, it is also about the impact my words have today, he continued.

Liam has recognised he was wrong to do what he did (Picture: WireImage)

I was wrong to do what I did. I recognise that, although the comments I made do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me, they were hurtful and divisive.

I profoundly apologise.

Liam sparked outrage at the beginning of the year, after he recounted the story of his friends rape during a press junket for his latest film, Cold Pursuit.

Speaking to the Independent, he said he carried a weapon with him after learning the attacker was a black man.

In the chat, he explained: I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping Id be approached by somebody – Im ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] “black bastard” would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?

This image released by ABC shows Irish actor Liam Neeson on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in New York. The 66-year-old actor appeared on the morning program one day after he told an interviewer that he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning nearly 40 years ago that someone close to him had been raped. Neeson says he's not a racist. The actor, who was promoting the revenge film "Cold Pursuit," says we need to talk about these things because bigotry and racism exist. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)
Liam later addressed the outrage on Good Morning America (Picture: AP)

So that I could… kill him.

Following intense backlash – which saw the premiere for his film cancelled – the Love Actually star addressed the outrage, vowing he is not racist.



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