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Liam Neeson apologises again for past racist thoughts, says he ‘missed the point’

Liam Neeson has issued a new statement apologising for his controversial old thoughts on wanting to kill any black man after the rape of his friend.

hollywood Updated: Mar 30, 2019 13:40 IST

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Liam Neeson is again apologizing for revealing that he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man.
Liam Neeson is again apologizing for revealing that he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man.(Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
         

Actor Liam Neeson is again apologising for revealing that he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man. Neeson issued a statement Friday apologised for “hurtful and divisive” comments that “do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me.”

The actor caused a firestorm in early February when he told The Independent that after learning his friend’s attacker was black, he hoped a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

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He later told “Good Morning America” that he is not a racist and moved past his desire for violence after seeking help from a priest and from friends. But the controversy overshadowed his new film, “Cold Pursuit.”

In his latest statement, Neeson said he has had time to reflect on “my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time.” He said that in trying to explain his feelings, he “missed the point and hurt many people.” He ended the 155-word statement by saying: “I profoundly apologize.”

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First Published: Mar 30, 2019 13:38 IST