Liam Neeson says the #MeToo movement has brought about a "witch hunt"

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

He then appeared to defend actor Dustin Hoffman, who is facing sexual assault allegations from three women.

On the Irish chat show, Neeson also defended United States radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor, who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio a year ago over an allegation of "inappropriate behaviour".

He said: "When you're doing a play with your family, other actors and technicians - you do silly things". I'm not saying I've done similar things like what he did.

Over the past few months, a spotlight has been placed on allegations of harassment and inappropriate behaviour in the entertainment industry following a number of serious allegations about the USA producer Harvey Weinstein.

"If you read the stuff I've read about how female labourers are being treated, in farms and ranches", the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said, "it's chilling". You do silly things and it becomes superstitious, and if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show.

Mr Hoffman faces sexual misconduct allegations from two women, with a third woman accusing him of exposing himself to her in a hotel room while she was a teenager.

Speaking on RTÉ's Late Late Show last night, Neeson said that the movement was "healthy" and allegations such as those were "across every industry", but that "the focus was on Hollywood" at the moment.

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

Neeson concluded by referencing the #MeToo movement; "There is a movement happening and it's healthy and it's across every industry".

Neeson, who has starred in such films as the Taken series and Love Actually, made the remarks during an interview with the Irish broadcaster RTE.

Despite the grey weather it was a bright day for Ballymena born Liam Neeson as he received an award from the President of Ireland for his contribution to the country and humanity.

Also, historically, witch hunts left a lot of innocent women dead and produced no actual witches, so it might be time to find a new metaphor.

Liam Neeson started his career at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and was nominated for an Oscar following his leading role in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. It's a radical way of thinking, but what if he's right. People were falsely accused for others' personal gain. "We just want men to stop abusing their power", wrote one of the users.

Neeson's comments came after stars wore black at the Golden Globes to protest against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

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