Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Liam Neeson Calls The #MeToo Movement A 'Bit Of A Witch Hunt'

Liam Neeson Calls The #MeToo Movement A 'Bit Of A Witch Hunt'

In rather surreal circumstances, surrounded by shots of himself from previous films - he was being celebrated on the show after picking up a presidential honour for his contribution to Ireland - Neeson expressed some concern for the way the #MeToo movement was unfolding.

Keillor issued an email statement to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune at the time, in which he denied any wrongdoing, Keillor believed that the alleged incident took place when he accidentally "put my hand on a woman's bare back".

'Months later, he gets a call from a lawyer, saying he inappropriately touched this lady, and he was dropped from his programme'.

Neeson specifically spoke about the allegations against Garrison Keillor, who was sacked past year from Minnesota Public Radio for "inappropriate behaviour".

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

When Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy namechecked Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman as examples of other men who have been accused of inappropriate behaviour, Neeson appeared unconvinced. "Since when you're completing a play and you're with your family, different on-screen characters, specialists, you do senseless things".

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Several women have publicly accused Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including two who said he assaulted them while filming 1987 movie Ishtar by inserting his fingers inside them.

Neeson went ahead to talk particularly about the affirmations against Garrison Keillor and Dustin Hoffman. The actor also noted that he had never done "similar things" during his career.

Neeson, 65, said his fellow actor was engaging in "childhood stuff" and that anything he might have done while working as a theatre actor could have been "because of superstition".

"There is a movement happening. The focus seems to be on Hollywood but it's across every industry", he said.

Neeson then went on to use the example of Garrison Keillor, the Minnesota Public Radio broadcaster and writer who was sacked by the station previous year for "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him". "And if you read the stuff I've read about how female labourers are being treated in farms, ranches and all the rest of it, it's chilling".

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