Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | 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

Someone appears to have taken Liam Neeson's brain.

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 a year ago. "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".

Neeson specifically referred to the case of the American radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor, who was sacked by Minnesota Public Radio previous year over allegations of "inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him".

The allegations against Hoffman are only the latest in a wave of claims about sexual misconduct by Hollywood heavyweights, including the producer Harvey Weinstein and the actor Kevin Spacey. When you're in a play and you're with your family, other actors... you do silly things.

However, Neeson distanced himself from Hoffman's alleged behaviour, saying: "I'm not saying I've done similar things to what he's done". Apparently, he touched another girl's breast and stuff.

Neeson described Keillor as an "extraordinary writer, and radio star" and said he was reading about the case recently and recounted what he had read. Neeson made the comments during an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE.

"Oh God,'s not "childhood stuff" when they were grown men, it's being lecherous, inappropriate creeps".

"There is a movement happening".

He was later accused by five more women of sexual assault, including masturbating in front of a teenager. "The focus seems to be on Hollywood but it's across every industry", he said. But it's across every industry. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me ...

Also, historically, witch hunts left a lot of innocent women dead and produced no actual witches, so it might be time to find a new metaphor.

Neeson said he was "very humbled" to be honoured by President Higgins and that he would continue to "fly the flag for Irish arts" and to continue his work as a goodwill ambassador with UNICEF".

"Oh God, Liam... it's not "childhood stuff" when they were grown men, it's being lecherous, inappropriate creeps". I really like Liam, but just, no.,"social media user Nicola Brennan wrote".

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