In an interview on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Liam Neeson denied racist statements after someone close to him was raped.
“I’m not racist,” Neeson said. “This was nearly 40 years ago.”
He emphasised a story he shared in an interview with The Independent during a press tour for his new movie, “Cold Pursuit.” In the newspaper interview Neeson began recounting his personal story after being asked about his film character turning to anger.
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson told the newspaper. “But my immediate reaction was … did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.”
Neeson explained that he grew up surrounded by violence during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
When he was accused in going to race instead of clarifying other characteristics. The actor has conceded that. But he stressed that he would have had the same reaction had his friend said her rapist was white.