Liam Neeson: "Bit of a witch hunt" over sex allegations

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Neeson had been to the forefront, the President said, in promoting Irish film in the 1990s when the industry in Ireland received a "second wind".

Liam Neeson has waded into the dialogue about the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, saying that the #MeToo movement has brought about a "witch hunt". "There are some people - famous people - being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something, and suddenly they are being dropped from their programmes". Neeson asserted that such misconduct is different from "other Harvey Weinstein stuff".

Neeson specifically mentioned Garrison Keillor, the former radio host of the NPR program A Prairie Home Companion, who was sacked from his position back in November for accusations of "inappropriate acts".

Another Twitter user clarified: "Liam Neeson: witch hunt is a term for false accusations against the vulnerable by the powerful, so it's not an accurate description of holding privileged men in power accountable for their actions".

"I was reading recently about him (Keillor)", Neeson said. And at the end of this he put his hand to her back. I don't know what the blouse was like. "Later, he emailed her because he was concerned - apparently he has a thing about touching and physical intimacy - and again she said, 'Don't worry about it, forget about it". Anyway, they went their separate ways.

Liam Neeson in his new movie The Commuter
Liam Neeson in his new movie The Commuter

"Months later, the radio station gets a call from a lawyer saying that [Keillor] inappropriately touched this lady".

"I think Dustin Hoffman, was..."

In what will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most talked about episodes of The Late Late Show in living history, it is surprising that the Sean Spicer interview will nearly get lost in the mix. You do silly things. "If you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show", the Irish star said.

Neeson's comments come a day after he criticised the gender wage gap in Hollywood as "fucking disgraceful", while at the same time admitting he wouldn't take a pay cut so his female co-stars could be paid more.

Asked how he felt about Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, actors who have been accused of multiple counts of sexual misconduct, Neeson said he was "on the fence" about allegations against Hoffman, saying that what he had been accused of was "childhood stuff".

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