Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Liam Neeson says the #MeToo movement has brought about a "witch hunt"

Liam Neeson says the #MeToo movement has brought about a

Liam Neeson has expressed his scepticism about the sexual misconduct allegations now sweeping through Hollywood and the entertainment industry, in an uncomfortable appearance on Irish television. The Irish-born celebrity said he is "on the fence" about the allegations leveled against Hoffman late previous year.

Earlier in the interview, Neeson gave the example of the dismissal of U.S. radio star Garrison Keillor, who was dropped from his long-running local Minnesota radio show.

I think Dustin Hoffman was...

In an interview on Friday's edition of RTE's The Late Late Show, Liam Neeson was reflecting on his life in film, after this week being awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, which highlights the work of Irish people overseas. "There are some people - famous people - being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something, and suddenly have been dropped from their program or something".

"[Keillor] was listening to a sad story from a female friend of his and at the end of this he put his hand to her back, like this, and she had a blouse on and it was her bare back", recounted Neeson. In a statement, he said the behaviour was "not reflective of who I am".

"He immediately removed his hand and apologised, and she said: "Don't worry about it, forget about it.' They then went their separate ways".

One Twitter user said she was "dissappointed" by the actor's comments. Other actors, technicians - you do silly things.

'Months later, he gets a call from a lawyer, saying he inappropriately touched this lady, and he was dropped from his programme'.

With the rise of the #MeToo and the exposure of men like Harvey Weinstein, some men have profoundly misunderstood the meaning behind the movement, claiming that women are overreacting to normalized harassment and that they are the ones who are truly being persecuted because their "office flirting" has been "misinterpreted."

"I think what Dustin did was... it's childhood stuff". "I'm not saying I've done similar things to what [Hoffman] apparently did... but it's childhood stuff". "It's healthy, and it's across every industry. The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the minute, but it's across every industry".

Neeson continued, speaking about his time as a UNICEF ambassador and the hardships that women around the world endure. "And if you read the stuff I've read about how female laborers are being treated in farms, ranches, and all the rest of it, it's chilling".

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