Liam Neeson Admits ‘Walking Streets With Cosh Hoping To Find “Black Bastard” That Raped His Friend’


Liam Neeson has admitted to having ‘walked the streets with a cosh’ looking for a person he referred to as a ‘black b*stard’ so he could kill them.

The Taken star confessed this incident happened years ago after a friend of his was raped.

The 66-year-old Northern Irish actor admitted he is now ‘ashamed’ of the way he acted, describing his actions as being ‘awful behaviour’.

Neeson made these comments during an interview with The Independent, while promoting his new movie Cold Pursuit at a press junket.

As reported by The Independent, Neeson said:

She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,

But my immediate reaction was I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.

I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be… approached by somebody. I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week – hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black b*stard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.

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Neeson continued:

It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that.

And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid […]

It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f*ck are you doing’, you know?

I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing.

Speaking about the impact of on-screen violence, Neeson said:

I think audience members live to see that, They can kind of live vicariously through it. People say, ‘Yeah but violence in films makes people want to go out and kill people.’ I don’t believe that at all.

I think the average movie-goer thinks, ‘Yeah, punch him. Punch him.’ And they get a satisfaction out of seeing somebody else enact it, and they leave the theatre and they feel satiated in some way.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.

Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.

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