Liam Neeson: Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Allegations Spurred "Witch Hunt"

Liam Neeson

The citation for Neeson's award reads: "As an extremely gifted and internationally renowned film actor, Liam Neeson has helped to raise Ireland's profile and awareness of Ireland and Irish artists around the world, especially in the United States where he is based". "There's some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something, and suddenly, they're being dropped from their program or something", Neeson said.

Neeson recounted Keillor's story on the show as an example of repercussions resulting from the "witch-hunt" atmosphere.

Liam defended radio personality Garrison Keiller, who was dropped from his job amid allegations previous year.

Hollywood has been hit by a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Additionally, the actor commented on the claims against Dustin Hoffman.

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Neeson said the charges are affecting all media people, referencing the case of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) host Garrison Keillor, who was sacked for "inappropriate behavior" without the media outlet ever revealing just what the behavior was.

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"He immediately removed his hand and apologised, and she said: "Don't worry about it, forget about it.' They then went their separate ways.

Everyone says 'oh, you're an actor, you should be good at that.' It's just not true", Neeson said".

"Months later, he gets a call from a lawyer, or his radio station does, saying he inappropriately touched this lady". I'm not saying I did similar things, apparently he touched a girl's breast, but it's childhood stuff'.

"There is a movement happening...it's healthy and it's across every industry".

Hoffman has been accused of groping actresses when he was on the set of Death of a Salesman in the 1980s. "It's healthy, and it's across every industry". I'm a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and a very proud one.

The "Taken" actor was slammed on Twitter for his comments. "And if you read the stuff I've read about how female workers are being treated in farms, ranches and all the rest of it, it's chilling".

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