Liam Neeson is attempting to clarify the disturbing statements he made during a feature interview with the Independent. At the time, Liam admitted he once prowled the streets looking for a “black b*****d” to kill following the rape of a family member. However, the Cold Pursuit actor made an appearance on Good Morning America on February 5, and insisted he is not racist.
“I’m not racist,” the 66-year-old actor told host Robin Roberts. “This was nearly 40 years ago.”
He then explained that his mindset was molded by the period of social unrest he experienced during his youth. “I was brought up in the north of Ireland and brought up in ‘The Troubles’ during the ‘60s, ‘70’s and early ‘80s.”
“There was a war going on in the north of Ireland,” he said. “ And I had acquaintances who were involved in The Troubles...and its bigotry….”
However, after recalling various incidents of religious bombing and hate crimes, the Taken star insisted, “I grew up surrounded by that but I was never part of it.”
Earlier this week, Liam admitted that after learning a loved one was raped by a black man, he wanted revenge. “I went up and down areas with a cosh a British slang term for a bludgeon,” he told the Independent. “I was hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”
Watch the video above to see Liam’s Good Morning America comments.