- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2019

Actor Liam Neeson issued an apology over the weekend after he sparked national outrage for publicly revealing the racist and violent impulses he felt after his friend was raped years ago.

“I recognize that, although the comments I made do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me, they were hurtful and divisive,” Mr. Neeson wrote. “I profoundly apologize.”

The Irish-born actor came under fire on Feb 4. while discussing his new revenge movie “Cold Pursuit,” telling The Independent that he once patrolled the streets armed with a club looking to “kill” any random “black bastard” who crossed him after a friend claimed she was raped by a black man.

Mr. Neeson said Saturday that after several weeks of reflection, he now realizes the offensiveness of his comments.

“Over the last several weeks, I have reflected on and spoken to a variety of people who were hurt by my impulsive recounting of a brutal rape of a dear female friend nearly 40 years ago and my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time in response to this crime,” he said in a statement.

“The horror of what happened to my friend ignited irrational thoughts that do not represent the person I am,” he wrote. “In trying to explain those feelings today, I missed the point and hurt many people at a time when language is so often weaponized and an entire community of innocent people are targeted in acts of rage. What I failed to realize is that this is not about justifying my anger all those years ago, it is also about the impact my words have today. I was wrong to do what I did.”

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