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

14 January 2018, 03:37 | Opal Carroll

Liam Neeson Is The Latest Man To Call The #MeToo Movement 'A Witch Hunt'

Irish actor Liam Neeson is 'on the fence' over allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman

There's "a bit of a witch hunt" happening in Hollywood, according to actor Liam Neeson. "There's a few people, acclaimed individuals, being all of a sudden blamed for touching some young lady's knee or something, and all of a sudden they're being dropped from their program or something".

Asked about allegations against actors such as Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, it was pointed out by host Ryan Tubridy that he seemed "on the fence".

The wave of sexual allegations against powerful men in Hollywood kicked off the #MeToo movement, which originally appeared on Twitter as a hashtag, encouraging women to publicize their experiences of being sexually abused, assaulted or harassed. "If you don't do it every night, you think it's gonna jinx the show".

The Oscar victor then jumped to actor Dustin Hoffman, and said that he's "on the fence" about the allegations made against him.

Neeson was also a bit wary about the accusations against fellow actor Dustin Hoffman.

However Neeson, who was born in Northern Ireland but also has United States citizenship, said he welcomed the general trend towards exposing harassment. I'm not saying I've done comparable things like what he did. "Apparently he touched a girl's breast and stuff, but it's childhood stuff".

Irish actor Liam Neeson is 'on the fence' over allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman

Neeson went ahead to talk particularly about the affirmations against Garrison Keillor and Dustin Hoffman.

Neeson, however, acknowledged that the wider movement against harassment was "healthy" as it is not just confined to show business. 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. "If you've read the stuff I've read about how female labourers are being treated on farms and ranches, it's chilling".

Neeson then went on to use the example of Garrison Keillor, the Minnesota Public Radio broadcaster and writer who was sacked by the station past year for "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him". Also, I get sent raw numbers and stuff.

But @RealSarahFlynn wrote: "You mightn't like it but at least he's authentic and I don't think calling elements of it a witch hunt is that terribly untrue".

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