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Neeson On The "Witch Hunt" In Hollywood

Neeson On The

The phrase "witch hunt" has been frequently tossed around, and the latest to take this stance is Liam Neeson.

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 United States producer Harvey Weinstein.

Liam Neeson has expressed his scepticism about the sexual misconduct allegations now sweeping through Hollywood and the entertainment industry, in an uncomfortable appearance on Irish television.

The French actor Catherine Deneuve drew sharp criticism this week when she also used the term "witch-hunt" to describe the chain of events since allegations of serial sexual assault were made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein previous year. In a statement, he said the behaviour was "not reflective of who I am".

In an interview with an Irish talk show, Neeson said, "There is a bit of a witch hunt happening, too".

Speaking specifically about the case of Dustin Hoffman, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour in the '70s, Neeson said, "The Dustin Hoffman thing, I'm on the fence about that".

Speaking on The Late Late Show on Irish TV channel RTE, Neeson said: "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 programme, or something".

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He immediately took his hand away and apologised. "She said "don't worry about it, forget about it". He emailed her because he was concerned.

"Months later, the radio station gets a call from a lawyer saying that [Keillor] inappropriately touched this lady".

Because when you're doing a play and you're with your family, other actors, technicians, you do silly things. "I'm not saying I've done similar things to what [Hoffman] apparently did... but it's childhood stuff".

Neeson then donwplayed the suggestion that Hoffman groped a woman's breast, describing it as "childhood stuff". The focus seems to be on Hollywood, but it's across every industry'.

However, Neeson deems the movement as "healthy" and hopes woman in other industries will benefit.

He also spoke about the mistreatment of female labourers he has seen through his work as a UNICEF ambassador.

Metro.co.uk has approached Neeson's reps for comment.


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