Skip to main content

Liam Neeson denied that he was a racist yesterday morning on Good Morning America, following backlash over a previous interview.

On the show, he tried once again to explain the events which transpired after a close friend admitted that she'd been raped by a Black man.

"She said he was a black man, I thought 'OK'," he said. 

"Then after that I went out deliberately into black areas of the city looking to be set upon so I could unleash physical violence and I did it maybe four or five times until I caught myself on and it really shocked me, this primal urge I had."

He then attempted to defend himself.

"We all pretend we’re all politically correct,” he continued. “In this country, and same in my own, sometimes you scratch the surface and discover this racism and bigotry, and it’s there.

“I remember shooting Schindler’s List, and hearing remarks from drivers who were taking us to the set, thinking to myself, ‘Am I hearing this right, this guy is making anti-Jewish comments to me, a guy playing Schindler?’ Sometimes we’d see swastikas on walls painted by people who knew we were going to the set.”

Speaking with The Independent, Neeson had made the following comments which started all of the backlash:

"My immediate reaction was. I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.

Neeson then claimed that he "went up and down areas" with a baton "hoping I’d be approached by somebody." 

"I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [makes air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could," – he paused again – "kill him."

In response to Neeson's controversy, Lionsgate decided to cancel the red carpet for the New York City premiere of Neeson’s new film “Cold Pursuit” just hours before the premiere was scheduled to take place.