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21 August, Wednesday

Liam Neeson reacts - 'I'm nor racist'

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Liam Neeson appeared on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday in the wake of controversy over his saying he contemplated carrying out a racist revenge attack after someone close to him was raped.

"I'm not racist," Neeson said. "This was nearly 40 years ago."

The actor reiterated a story he shared in an interview with The Independent during a press tour for his new movie, "Cold Pursuit," which he said Tuesday is a dark comedy about revenge.

In the newspaper interview Neeson began recounting his personal story after being asked about his film character turning to anger. He did not reveal who was attacked but said he found out when he returned home from a trip.

"She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way," Neeson told the newspaper, which published an audio excerpt. "But my immediate reaction was ... did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.

He said he would have had the same reaction had his friend said her rapist was white.

"If she had said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit or a Lithuanian I know I would have felt the same effect," Neeson said. "I was trying to show honor, stand up for my dear friend in this terrible, medieval fashion."

Roberts pointed out the pain some have felt over Neeson's remarks and he said he hopes his comments help people to talk more openly about racism and bigotry.

"Violence breeds violence," he said. "Bigotry breeds bigotry."


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