Liam Neeson sparked controversy once again Monday after he spoke about the fury he felt when one of his loved ones was raped in a new interview with The Independent.
The 66-year-old was talking about his new film “Cold Pursuit”, in which he plays a man avenging the murder of his son, when he made the shocking comments.
Neeson explained, “There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions. I’ll tell you a story. This is true.”
He then said of his female friend, “She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way. But my immediate reaction was… I asked, ‘did she know who it was?’ ‘No.’ ‘What colour were they?’ She said it was a black person.”
The actor continued, “I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black b*****d’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him.”
“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I would say, ‘I’m just going out for a walk.’ You know? ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘No no, nothing’s wrong.’”
“It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f**k are you doing,’ you know?”
Neeson, who declined to name the victim, added of growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles: “You know, I knew a couple of guys that died on hunger strike, and I had acquaintances who were very caught up in the Troubles, and I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing, and Northern Ireland’s proof of that. All this stuff that’s happening in the world, the violence, is proof of that, you know. But that primal need, I understand.”
Readers took to Twitter to slam the star, with many accusing him of being racist.
ET Canada has contacted Neeson’s rep for comment.