Neeson attracted a major backlash yesterday when he admitted that in his youth, he had roamed the streets in the hopes of a confrontation with a black person, following his friend's sexual assault by a black person.
"She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way", he said during the interview. In "Taken", which spawned two sequels, he plays a former Central Intelligence Agency operative who seeks revenge against sex traffickers who kidnapped his daughter and her best friend. What colour were they? Political campaigner Femi Oluwole tweeted: 'At no point does Neeson address the fact one black person committing a crime does not justify treating ANY black person as if they'd committed that crime'.
"I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon", the 66-year-old star of Schindler's List said, recalling that he went out several times carrying a cosh and hoping a black person would pick a fight. It shocked me when I realized the awful things I said.
A source tells us the decision to pull Neeson from interviews was made by the film's studio, Lionsgate.
The story from Neeson's past emerged on his press tour for his new film, "Cold Pursuit".
HuffPost UK has contacted Liam Neeson's publicists for further comment.
Expect some form of a statement from Liam Neeson's publicist in the coming hours or days.
"It really shocked me, this primal urge I had", he said.
Liam Neeson has admitted he wanted to "kill" someone in revenge after a woman he knows was raped. "I had never felt this feeling before, which was a primal urge to lash out".
The actor contended to GMA host Robin Roberts that his comments were taken out of context.
"It's very bad. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, 'What the f** em *Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan blasted the actor, suggesting that it could cause irreparable damage to his career". Neeson said he did "seek help" by going to his priest for confession and speaking with "two very very good friends".
He said: "I'm not racist, this was almost 40 years ago, but because I was brought up in the north of Ireland, I was brought up in the Troubles in the 60s, 70s and early 80s".
Neeson said that he did ask about the assailant's other attributes, which were not mentioned in the original story. God forbid." He added, "All this stuff that's happening in the world, the violence, is proof of that, you know.
He said: "Absolutely, you're absolutely right".
"I know I would have had the same effect", he said.
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