Liam Neeson

A journalist who interviewed actor Liam Neeson was shocked when he confessed to wanting to kill a Black man as revenge for the rape of a loved one. But the story took a strange twist when Neeson told her he would kill her if she misquoted him.

The 66-year-old Irish star was promoting his new movie Cold Pursuit at a press junket where he was interviewed by The Independent's reporter Clemence Michallon.

He described why he identified with his movie character who is out to avenge the death of his son.

Neeson said he was ashamed by his "medieval" response to a female friend telling him she'd been raped by a Black man. He said he wandered the streets with a crowbar looking for any "black bastard" who would fight him so he could kill him.

Speaking on U.K. breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain, Clemence said she was surprised by the star's “shocking" revelations.

"The gravity of what he was saying immediately struck me," she told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. She added that she recorded the interview on tape.

"It was a matter of playing that tape over and over again to myself and going back to his team, trying to get more comments, which they've declined that opportunity."

Her interview with Neeson took a strange twist when the actor joked that he would hunt her down and kill her like his CIA agent character in the Taken film franchises.

"As the interview was wrapping up, he asked me if I was going to use that story, if I would be very careful," Clemence recalled. "I said yes, because I'm always very careful, especially when I'm doing my work as a journalist. Then he sort of switched to his actor voice, and he said: 'I have a very specific set of skills and I will find you and I will kill you.' It was, in his mind, clearly a joke. Whether or not that was appropriate remains to be determined. But he said, 'I will find you'. He said that to me in the same voice."

In a chat with Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts on Tuesday, Neeson insisted he is not racist.

"The lady journalist was asking me how I tap into that and I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago where a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped," he said.

Neeson continued by saying he felt a "primal rage" to "lash out" and he wandered areas where he knew Black men were looking to pick fights with white men during a time when racial tensions were high.

He said his rage was not motivated by racial prejudice, but by a need for revenge.

"If she'd have said a Brit, a Scot, a Lithuanian I would have reacted the same," he added. "I was trying to show honor, to stand up for my friend in this terrible medieval fashion. I'm a fairly intelligent guy and that's why it shocked me."

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  • Shamwow

    Not surprised

  • Shamwow

    Not surprised

  • Coy little wink

    Not exactly racist but definitely dumb

  • Coy little wink

    Not exactly racist but definitely dumb

  • SpiceGirl

    Liam..better watch ya self......You just can not say things all willy nilly

  • SpiceGirl

    Liam..better watch ya self......You just can not say things all willy nilly

  • Wile E. Coli

    Just what is it about you people that you would defend a rapist because he's black. That's a sickness.

  • Gloria

    It's a side eye moment for sure but at least he acknowledged this disturbing mindset and has developed the emotional intelligence to comprehend that it is wrong.

    It shows how traumatic situations can leave someone vulnerable to the influences of racism and prejudice.

  • Sassie

    He shouldn't have said that but it don't make the man a racist, either. Geesh.

  • MsVAllDay

    I understand what he was trying to say. I think folks calling him a racist are reaching. Although a dumb choice of words I don't think he meant it the way folks are taking it.

  • MsVAllDay

    Exactly, he said it out of anger and probably didn't care if he was black or white.

  • SoulfulLove

    this fool is off the chain cray..

  • HIS4EVA

    Its not about defending a racist. if you were black and someone wanted to harm someone/ anyone innocent bc a person of your color harmed them, WOULD THAT BE OK? Sounds like the guy who recently was charged for hunting down ANY BLACK MAN and murdered him! THATS IINSANE!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    "Primal Rage"...

  • Phillybruh

    He and his people had to expect blow back once he told that story.

  • teather

    I believe these "folks" are planting these kinds of comments to get attention. They KNOW we will react and that the atmosphere is tense. WTF was talking about neeson before yesterday? WTF knew he even had another movie that looks and sounds just like all his others?? C'mon, My People. We have to be smarter than this. They purposely get us in our feelings and then use it for PR. Next time, don't say a f'in thing and watch what happens. Let his own ppl check him. We give these folks too much of our energy.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    If I were a famous movie star, singer, entertainer, or whatever, I would never do interviews. There's no telling what the fawk I might say, because I've had some very dark thoughts. Just being honest?????

  • tia

    His comment doesn't make him racist. However, he very well can be. When I'm watching the news down here in Houston, Texas and constantly being bombarded on the news with video footage of our young African American males out here robbing and jacking I get very sad. First thing that comes out of my mouth is, 'Lil black a@@ or Black B@stards".

  • Rayne

    Why couldn’t he have kept that piece of information in his thoughts? Rich with wealth but very stupid indeed. Wow!

  • GAPeach

    "If she'd have said a Brit, a Scot, a Lithuanian I would have reacted the same," he added.
    _____________________

    Aside from accents, how would he have made the determination on who to kill? He would have needed a conversation to determine the accent, and then needed for them to pick a fight. I get it, he's saving face. He wouldn't even be in this mess if he learned to think before he speaks. I guess that won't ever happen since he's almost 70.

  • Kimocha

    He described why he identified with his movie character who is out to avenge the death of his son.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    So is his new movie about a Black Man killing his son?

  • Rayne

    He did care if he was black. He said he was trying to find a black bastard to kill. He was specifically searching for a black man.

  • GAPeach

    There is not ONE person defending the rapist. You clearly have comprehension issues. They are upset with the fact that he was willing to kill ANY Black man, even though they had nothing to do with the rape.

  • dblogged

    Of course he said. They sacrifice people for fame and money

  • Meme

    A village is missing its idiot!! Where do i return you to?

  • Pamela

    ?????

  • Alextra Ballard

    This shidt happened 40 yrs ago. This the kinna shidt you definitely take to yo grave.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'm not terribly shocked, but some things should just have a residence in your own mind.

  • Renee26

    Sigh...

    Anyway Nick did a good job on Hot Topics... He's so sexy he can get it!

  • Rayne

    Exactly! 40 years ago you should’ve sorted that out within a month with a therapist or something.

  • Rayne

    That’s what I say

  • Trace da Ace

    giiirrrlllll........I have always said Nick was my cougar bait.....lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You're wise on that one. You've got to weigh the costs.

  • Pamela

    A black person defending a racist white person. Back during slavery times such a black person would be called a..........

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Funny how Kevin Hart got more heat over his recent "anti-gay" comments than Liam Neeson is getting over wanting to kill a black man.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Chi-Raq definitely showed me how sexy he is!! And he can most certainly get these cakes!

  • iWasteTime

    I commented on the Shaderoom and said he's going to take that time slot.

  • Renee26

    LMAO right...he could've just said white men but nooooo he wanted to point out white foreigners to lessen his guilt about putting the entire race of black men in his original statement. Fugg him

  • Trace da Ace

    Stupid azz.....hell its mess that I think of low key EVERYDAY....smacking folks...kicking this lady down a flight of stairs that keeps coming to work and she is sick AF coughing and hacking everywhere......throat punching my manager......but I would NEVER speak that shyt out loud at work.....see...that is called having impulse control!!! Just because you think it...does not mean you act on it or speak it...ESPECIALLY if your a public figure....during an interview.....he gon learn.....one day....

  • Topic Influencer

    Out of respeck for Mimi I try not to look at her ex like that but Nick...Im not sure WTF happened. But he got BDE now

    *splashes my eyes with some of that 91% alcohol for looking at Mariah ex in that manner*

  • iWasteTime

    bwhahahahahahahaha
    You are going to see this again on. I'll shout you out though

  • EMILY POST

    Yes but thats how it normally goes down the group pays for the sins of a few... Especially when it comes to black male white female and white male encounters.

  • Trace da Ace

    true...but she kicked him to the curb...so isn't that fair game?? Cause hunty.....Nick....ohh chile'......he looks like he can do some thangs with some thangs..lol

  • Topic Influencer

    What is a sickness is your ass keep making log ins. Bc I KNOW for a FACT I blocked you.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This mofo is the complete trifecta..a Racist,Thug and a Bully....

  • Topic Influencer

    He fine

  • Meme

    ??

  • NewNew

    He's that hot kinda corny you know takes care of business. He's an executive and has made great biz moves over the years. These girls are running behind the Navidyius's of the world when they should be sniffing behind the Nick's.

  • Harley

    Ewww I hate when people bring their sickness and germs out into the public

  • Renee26

    LMAO true...the look on my face might tell on me tho

  • Banka

    A good example of when playing the lead role in too many action films goes wrong.... !!!! but let me shut up before he finds me and kill me with that special skill set lol @ Liam !!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    girl!! Yeah, I'm working on that....my son says I always have a " wish a mo fo would" look on my face....cant help it...gotta stay on guard!!

  • LYRICS

    LN is clearly a low-key crazy....he's about to be apart of the "me too" movement if he doesn't stfu and just talk about his new movie

  • Maxx

    Hey I will see I don't like him for his interviewing skills, but I will be there to watch him in action in this movie! Popcorn, hot tamales, and a large coca cola please! P.S. It's not that serious ya'll.

  • Renee26

    He used to be corney when he was younger but he's alll man to me. Nick got hoez please believe... He's not selling dreams though and I think he's more inclined to use condoms. He said his BM is set for life and never has to work. He also made it clear he's not interested in remarrying. His maturity is sexy too.

  • Renee26

    Fugg her... I will take him DOWN ?

  • Renee26

    Swear

  • Alextra Ballard

    A revenge killing ,that's the saddest past...you wanted to kill a black man,any black man it didn't even matta. We tawkin about 40 yrs ago,white woman blamin a black man for sexual assault. I am done with Liam racist as.

  • Guest

    Piers Morgan is going at him hard. He says this could be career ending. Piers called him a flat out racist. Piers said he grown and he knew what he was saying, it was intentional.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    This is disheartening because I use to love him in movies.

  • Baaba Sanders

    When you are in a hole, stop digging.

  • Blue

    This dude probably mad at the world cause somebody named him "Mail" spelled backwards.

  • Blue

    Immediately.

  • Logan Roberts

    That's a horrible lacefront sir.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    oh Liam, you keep saying "medieval" tryna give it an air of nobility, but you really mean 'primeval' ...you're a menace and a savage.

  • Blak

    Ok now I believe this was all taken out of context.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you're an idiot. reading AND comprehension are fundamental.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you know what... so did I!!!!!!!!!!!! tf??!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i HOLLERED!

  • Kimocha

    LOL!... I peeped that too!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    kicking this lady down a flight of stairs that keeps coming to work and she is sick AF
    ____________________________
    didn't make it past this part right here.... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4115f5a900aef100a70595b70fc381688cb4f41d351e66e6dd01440afac4b074.png

  • Marlika

    I haven’t had the chance to watch him yet and on WW as host. I likes Nick and if he does get it he deserves it. As Wendy herself says “ when you snooze you loose. And when you miss a day you miss a lot” She needs to let him fully take over if he would like to until she gets her messy life in order!”?????

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i am HOLLERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Blue, Blue, Blue.... what is wrong w/you? LMAO!!!!

  • Blue

    Hahahaha. Ijs Nancy. I would be mad too.

  • Marlika

    Off topic * But as I enjoy my sabbatical leave from work, I discovered a new drink mix that I have been enjoying on such sabbatical leave. It’s Black Rasberry Ciroc w/ apple juice. I’m actually on my to the licka store to reup!!

    You know I never made much of this whole sabbatical leave thing that these good white folks have been taking advantage of all these years.?. But I must say these YT folks have been on to something. It’s a great way to take time away as you transition on to another while still keeping your job and benefits. ( I know it’s another way to take a leave of absence ) but it’s sounds so more cautious and spiritual when you tell HR you need to take a sabbatical for personal reasons vs telling them you need to take a leave of absence. ?????? ??

  • what?why

    Uh Oh, someone is after Liam - so obvious.

  • Blue

    I hate that I scrolled up. LOL

  • what?why

    Piers is English - read your history.

  • sjames

    LOL in his defense (barely lol) he is Irish. After living in Europe for 3yrs they can DEFINITELY tell who's who. They distinguish each other through nationality, dialect, region, etc easily...but yea he is trying to save face. I just don't get outraged by racism anymore especially from someone born during that time. It's a waste of energy to ask that they be reformed. The only reformed whites are the ones who have always fought with us and by us, not the ones having revelations 50yrs later for a check

  • Marlika

    Had to curse a bish out a few weeks ago for coming to work knowing her dumb ass had the flu!! ?
    People so are inconsiderate I swear. I kindly reported Mary Beth to HR!! ? Bish was sent home before she could blink.?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    (wisdom) LOL!

  • hottlanta

    Its gonna be a lot babies being born by thé end of the year. Aint nuthing like never ending sex n u aint gonna watch thé clock 2 get up n go 2 work the next day.

  • Applebootay

    You're done.

  • hottlanta

    Even with holiness church sister pearl turban on his head.

  • ImReallyCaitlynNotMelania

    "If she'd have said a Brit, a Scot, a Lithuanian I would have reacted the same," he added."

    Like there are no Black Brits or Scots... Probably some Black Lithuanian. Liam just need zip it.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd52207c11095626743c7bc59a2919c25d1a412326991c37720054d6e30351cc.gif

  • Navybeans95

    Lolz.?..dude done left real life and crossed over into his movies...

  • Navybeans95

    I went back to look ?

  • Applebootay

    1st of all he's Irish so I expect a certain level of savagery. 2nd of all he said "Black Bastard" I call my baby Fatha one of those at least once a week. 3rd of all he said he'd do the same if it were any other nationality...and I do believe that because again, he's Irish ...I still Fvks with Liam...I just watched The Commuter last night and I was surprised that he still got that thing...

  • Applebootay

    Scorpio babies!

  • Renee26

    He didn't wear it this time but yes I don't mind his turban. I didn't like the braids and beads or that Fredrick Douglas style he rocked before he cut his hair

  • Applebootay

    Me too!

  • Renee26

    Shooo I owe MiMi no loyalty... Hell I love RiRi to pieces but would still fugg her ex CB too... Although I would rather have then both at the same time ?

  • Applebootay

    #FluBetty

  • Renee26

    He can add it to his list of business ventures

  • ?jessica?

    Leave that old man alone ?

  • Applebootay

    I heard he kicked her to the curb?

  • Applebootay

    After Chi-Raq I was a BELIEVAH!

  • Tlowe89

    Many racist don’t think they’re racist.... I own two movies of his and it disgusts me that I didn’t throw them out yesterday. I have to remember to do that when I get home later on

  • hottlanta

    That might have happened 40 years ago. but his rage is still here. U can still hear it in his voice during the interview.

  • Tlowe89

    Ho going senile

  • Tlowe89

    He got one of those Stan Zbornack from golden girls toupee on

  • Trace da Ace

    sis!! I'm serious!!! I told her to give me 20 feet AT ALL TIMES!

  • Tahj

    The commuter was good.

  • Guest

    Oh please, I know my history and that does nothing to take away the fact that Liam is a racist. Go troll somewhere else. FOH!

  • Yui

    Hair plugs, he has. -Yoda voice-

  • DroneRivers

    I doubt it will end his career. Especially since it was supposedly 40 years ago. They'll say he was "just a kid". Smh

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Girrrl!! I was like ok Mariah...I get it now!!!

  • Wile E. Coli

    Joined Jun 3, 2014

  • Vegas1989

    He should have just promoted this new movie...He put himself in this....He should have kept this inside until he left this earth...It's just some things that don't need to be shared and this was one of them....SMH...

  • RaginB

    Lmao he can’t be racist the way he was slobbin viola down in “widows”?

  • Faux Gibbler

    I have had times where I couldn’t stand black or white people. Hang me. Growing up bi-racial being attacked by both races isn’t easy.

  • Dowoop

    But we're u going out looking to kill them?

  • Dowoop

    I was so grossed out.

  • Dowoop

    Dementia?

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Man I didnt it was going down like that, lol

  • TwitterFingerz

    He's a pure cunt for that

  • dontgetblocked

    I bet it was easier than being jet black and being called a gorilla with kinks by blacks and whites. Puhlease! Spare us the tragic mulatto tales.

  • dontgetblocked

    He's Irish and they're straight up racist.

  • Chicagowise

    I'm "mixed," but I look white. I have never felt uncomfortable or unwelcomed around my black brothers and sisters. The only times I've been uncomfortable, were when whites, Asians or Hispanics assumed I was white and started trashing black people in front of me.

  • NewNew

    Oh don't get me wrong, he's all man now. A little corniness never hurt no body though.

  • dontgetblocked

    Looking for an innocent black man to kill is not that serious? What if it was your father, uncle, brother, cousin, or son?

  • Chicagowise

    When I was a boy, my great grandmother said, "your appearance is going to open a lot of doors for you. Don't forget to reach back to those who don't have the same advantages." At the time, I had no idea what she meant.

  • Applebootay

    and 4th...I have a thing for Irish Men...I know...don't ask...I don't understand it either....when I saw Kill the Irishman...that was it for me...

  • Applebootay

    RIGHT! I've said and probably will say again some awful things about my pale pasty brothers and sisters...Imma do better...because if it was a white man that raped my friend..."I'd tell everybody Imma kill me some wet smelling crackers today." but I've grown...LOL

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *faints*

  • Renee26

    Wake yo azz up!!

  • Renee26

    Right screw me goodt then make me laugh

  • Shira Harding-James

    Chile lol

  • Michelle

    Not racist yet he used the term black bastard...Yeah, OK....

  • Jennifer

    I feel like that after watching Chaka Zulu, Roots, Malcom X, and Rosewood...but I don't tell a reporter!

    ...confirming what side he's on after Viola Davis role.

  • Maxx

    He didn't kill anyone and it was 40 years ago and he was stupid to share this but like someone else said after watching Roots, Rosewood, cops killing blacks left and right, etc I am sure we all have had moments where we were just waiting on one white person to look at us wrong and they would have been in the hospital or worse.

  • gail jones

    Daughter tells me same thing.

  • brooklyn23

    I'm fcking done at "save us the mullato tales". Mam (in my katt Williams voice) you just made me cough on my ganja. I'm out ?

  • brooklyn23

    Well said

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yes, Liam’s words were RACIST 40 years ago!

    Is he a RACIST, PROBABLY!

    Otherwise, he wouldn’t have felt a need or comfortable telling A REPORTER, in this particular climate, #timesup or #blacklivesmatter his feelings or experience he drew from for his current film!

    Will I cancel him, nope!

    Can I say racist things, yes!

    On the job, we talk about white folks all day long, in code, on the hush!

    Am I a racist, I guess I would be labeled as one, if I were a person in the public eye, a celebrity, a person of importance!

    Based on how I see some white people, injustices, systems and the disparities we live with!

    IDGAF about ignorant racists, institutions of racism (housing, education, healthcare, entrepreneurship gains, etc.) are always being dismantled with many miles to go!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    You don’t have to be mixed or bi-racial to have this experience!

    Many black people have felt such duplicity, whether based on skin color, how they speak the King’s English, or the dialect they use, who they date or marry, or what they achieve or the lack thereof!

    Being bi-racial is a double-edged sword, not to dismiss anyone else’s plight!

  • laidbackgal4real

    He has said a lot of sick things ... serial killer tendencies ... perhaps ?

  • NaeNae2015

    Aren't we all getting a bit tired of being outraged by everything? I don't know Liam Neeson from a hole in the wall. HE IS AN ACTOR!!! His opinions about the races mean NOTHING!!!

  • Disqus_year4016

    Don't mean nothing.

  • Disqus_year4016

    Why are u defending him? When a racist white cop shoot and kill a innocent black man yall don't defend him, yall call him a thug so what are u defending this cracka for? He ain't defending u nor bill cosby. He's racist it is what it is.

  • bella28498 .

    So now he’s going the fake news route

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Did I not say he was probably a racist, and his comments 40 years ago were most definitely racist?

    I don’t get enraged. If he had acted on his racist thoughts that would mean something different to me!

    Someone saying the n-word, going blackface for likes, feeling superior or having delusions of grandeur is really expressions of inferiority and inadequacy! I could write a book on what ails them, and the picture wouldn’t be pretty, but truthful!

    I just assume most white people are racist, whether they think so or not because of society’s programming and condition! It’s a divisive distraction used for many agendas.

    White men are often, intimidated and jealous of black men. I believe they kill black men so readily or easily because their women love BM, while still being racist! Chris Rock summed it up years ago! And, I detest and protest these killings!

    Then black men want to be so pro-black, community activists, representatives from Fredrick Douglas to Van Jones, but MANY NOT ALL, can’t find a black women to love, DISPORTIONATELY SO!

    I listen and study them, all groups of people, rich or poor, like an anthropologist, know my worth, not seeking white approval, or see life through rose colored lenses!

    LOVE, LOVE BEING UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK!

  • onelove

    he needs to go back home...

  • datATLboi

    Yea he's definitely gonna be CANCELLED!!!! Why not look for the guy that raped your friend, not just any black man smh

  • Strappyheels

    Those racist slave masters did the samething..Still was no love in it!!

  • Strappyheels

    I always look like I wanna slap an Alabaster Bish.

    But I wouldn’t say it out loud!!

    Now, if my 1 year old grandson keep looking at what I am typing like he can actually read, I might slap him. ??See, I am not racist.

  • Strappyheels

    Although I am too dark for Chris, I would take his young ass DOWN, Twice and three times on a Sunday!!
    Chile!!

  • Renee26

    Ok!! ? he need to settle on down with a cougar who'll pamper his azz...the only beatin he'll wanna give will be in the bedroom IJS

  • Renee26

    ? ? ? I done died twice!!

  • Maxx

    I have edited my response as I had a chance to get a different perspective & your right. It is serious

  • Faux Gibbler

    Sure is a double a edge sword.
    I Look forward to the day where race don’t matter.

  • Strappyheels

    Trust me, I was just like “wow”!! We have been truly broken down spiritually.. We give them all kinds of chances that we refuse to give our own.