Actor Liam Neeson has issued a new apology after being harshly criticized two months ago when he tried to explain an incident almost 40 years ago in which he contemplated avenging a friend’s rape by unleashing physical violence against a black man.
You can see Neeson attempt to explain the incident on “Good Morning America” in early February by clicking here. At that time he was mired in the controversy and trying to do damage control as he dealt with fallout over the incident and his subsequent comments.
Neeson says in a new statement: “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. The horror of what happened to my friend ignited irrational thoughts that do not represent the person I am. 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. I recognize that, although the comments I made do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me, they were hurtful and divisive. I profoundly apologize.”