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Hollywood icon Liam Neeson is facing a ton of heat while promoting his new film “Cold Pursuit” for admitting in an interview that he once sought revenge on someone he described as a “black bastard.”
During an interview with The Independent, the 66-year-old actor recalled a family member being raped many years ago and how “primal” he felt following the assault.
Neeson then described waiting outside of pubs with a “cosh” hoping a “black bastard” would spark an altercation.
“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 [in air quotes] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him,” he continued. “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.’”
The “Taken” star expressed remorse for his thoughts and actions.
“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that. And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid,” Neeson said. “It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f–k are you doing,’ you know?”
His admission sent shockwaves across Hollywood and social media.