Liam Neeson says there is a "witch hunt" in sexual misconduct allegations


Appearing on an Irish TV show, popular actor Liam Neeson took the opportunity to speak out against the allegations of inappropriate behavior that have inundated Hollywood, affecting his colleagues.

Hollywood has been hit by a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Camera IconLiam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried in a scene from film Chloe.

"The Commuter" actor told The Late Late Show on RTE, an Irish television program, on Friday "there's some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee, or something, and suddenly they're being dropped from their program or something".

Camera IconAccused actor Dustin Hoffman in 2017. "Later, he emailed her because he was concerned - apparently he has a thing about touching and physical intimacy - and again she said, 'Don't worry about it, forget about it". You do silly things and it becomes superstitious.

Liam Neeson thinks the global "Me Too" reckoning of sexual harassment and assault has turned into a "witch-hunt" that has gone too far, and that its advocates are going after men accused of "childhood stuff" and "touching some girl's knee, or something".

In response to Hunter's allegations Hoffman issued a statement saying the incident "is not reflective of who I am".

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Neeson then donwplayed the suggestion that Hoffman groped a woman's breast, describing it as "childhood stuff".

Hoffman was accused by his former co-star on the Broadway performance of "Death of a Salesman" of groping her nearly nightly.

Playwright Cori Thomas accused Hoffman of exposing himself to her in a NY hotel room in 1980, when she was 16.

He referred to USA radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor, who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio a year ago over an allegation of "inappropriate behavior".

"Months later, he gets a call from a lawyer, or his radio station does, saying he inappropriately touched this lady".

The French actor Catherine Deneuve drew sharp criticism this week when she also used the term "witch-hunt" to describe the chain of events since allegations of serial sexual assault were made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein previous year.

At the end of the segment, Neeson said: 'There is a movement happening. "The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the moment", Neeson concluded, when prompted by the show's host Ryan Tubridy that talking about these accusations is "healthy".