connectVideoLiam Neeson says he walked the streets in the hope to ‘kill’ a black man to a friend raped
A month after Liam Neeson gave an interview in which he recalled the decades-old thoughts of the want to kill some “black bastard” when a friend told him that she was raped, the “Taken” star is apologizing about his comments.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, the 66-year-old actor said that the comments that he made “don’t think, in any way,” his “true feelings”, nor him. He acknowledged, in no uncertain terms, that his words “were painful and divisive.”
“In the last few weeks I have reflected on and spoken with a large number of people, who were hurt by my impulsive recounting of a brutal rape of a dear friend almost 40 years ago and my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time, in response to this crime,” the statement read. “The horror of what happened to my friend inflamed irrational thoughts that do not agree with the person that I am.
“In trying to explain those feelings today, I missed the point and hurt a lot of people in a time in which the language as often as armed and an entire community of innocent people are focused on acts of anger.
“What I don’t realize is that this is not about the justification of my anger all those years ago, it’s also about the impact of my words 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 painful and divisive. I profoundly apologize.”
LIAM NEESON FACES BACKLASH AFTER AN INTERVIEW IN WHICH HE RECALLED THE WISH TO KILL A ‘BLACK BASTARD’
In the last month, the veteran actor is facing enormous backlash after an interview with The Independent published, in which Neeson said he once walked the streets, armed with a club for a week. He said that he hoped to kill a black man after a good friend of him told that she was raped by a black man.
“There is something primal God forbid that you ever have had a member of your family pain under criminal circumstances,” the actor said in an interview.
“They handled the situation of the rape, in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said. “But my first reaction was — I asked, she knew who it was? No. What color were they? She said that it was a black person.”
Neeson then described waiting outside pubs with a “cosh,” in the hope of a ‘black bastard’ would spark an argument.
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“I went up and down areas with a cosh, in the hope that I would be approached by someone – I am ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, in the hope of a number [in air quotes] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and go on to me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him,” he continued. “It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to continue. They would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I’d say, ‘I’m just going for a walk.’ You know? “What’s wrong?’ “No, nothing is wrong.'”
According to the interviewer, Neeson knew how “shocking” and “horrible” his story was, the expression of remorse for his thoughts and actions at the time.
“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that. And I’ve never admitted that, and I say it to a journalist. God forbid,” he said. “It is terrible. But I did learn a lesson, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f–k are you doing,’ you know?”
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn, and Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.