Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Liam Neeson says there is a "witch hunt" in sexual misconduct allegations

Hollywood star Liam Neeson scoops award in Dublin Irish actor Liam Neeson is 'on the fence' over allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman
Stacy Diaz | 14 January, 2018, 18:59

Liam Neeson has expressed his scepticism about the sexual misconduct allegations now sweeping through Hollywood and the entertainment industry, in an uncomfortable appearance on Irish television.

IRISH actor Liam Neeson is "on the fence" over allegations of sexual misconduct against Oscar-winning star Dustin Hoffman.

"There are some famous people being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something and suddenly they're being dropped from their programme or something", he said, before defending Dustin Hoffman.

Neeson spoke about the incident involving radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor, who lost his job at Minnesota Public Radio previous year after allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

Neeson said that inappropriate behavior allegation made against Keillor was different than "other Harvey Weinstein stuff".

Keillor, in a statement to The Associated Press at the time, said he was sacked over "a story I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard".

While speaking with the host, Neeson commented on the Minnesota Public Radio speaker, Garrison Keillor, who he says was unjustly fired. "At the end of this, he put his hand to her back [to console her], and she had a blouse on, and it was her bare back. And he immediately pulled his hand back and apologised".

Furthermore, he branded accusations against Hoffman, who has been accused of harassment and assault by multiple women, as "childhood stuff", but at the same time clarified "I'm not saying I've done similar things to what he's done".

In response to Hunter's allegations Hoffman issued a statement saying the incident "is not reflective of who I am".

"There is a movement happening".

In an interview on the Late Late Show on Ireland network RTE, Neeson spoke about the Hollywood and industries-wide shift in addressing and appropriately responding to accounts of sexual assault and harassment. "I'm a Unicef goodwill ambassador, a very proud one".

Neeson then went on to use the example of Garrison Keillor, the Minnesota Public Radio broadcaster and writer who was sacked by the station a year ago for "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him".