Liam Neeson says 'witch hunt' in Hollywood over sex allegations

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

In recent months there has been a growing list of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood and Liam Neeson thinks that "there is a bit of a witch hunt happening".

He referred to US radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor, who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio previous year over an allegation of "inappropriate behavior".

Liam conceded that the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey allegations were serious, but when RTE host Tubridy mentioned Dustin Hoffman, the actor said: 'The Dustin Hoffman thing...

"It becomes kind of superstitious, if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show".

Liam Neeson thinks the global "Me Too" reckoning of sexual harassment and assault has turned into a "witch-hunt" that has gone too far, and that its advocates are going after men accused of "childhood stuff" and "touching some girl's knee, or something". Apparently, he touched another girl's breast and stuff.

He then appeared to defend actor Dustin Hoffman, who is facing sexual assault allegations from three women. MPR nor the individual detailed the behavior, but according to Keillor, he had mistakenly put his hand up the back of a woman's shirt when he went to pat her back, and apologized to her about it later.

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

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"There is a movement happening and it's healthy and it's across every industry".

Hoffman has been accused of groping or exposing himself to a number of women, some of who were teenagers at the time.

Speaking about the wave of allegations and the emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Neeson acknowledged that it was "healthy" for the entertainment industry to face up to the problems which have been laid bare by the scandals.

"Liam Neeson: witch hunt is a term for false accusations against the vulnerable by the powerful, so it's not an accurate description of holding privileged men in power accountable for their actions".

A witch hunt never ends. The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the minute. "But it's across every industry", he continued.

And I get sent facts and figures and stuff.

The Hollywood actor was presented with the Presidential Distinguished Service Award by President Michael D Higgins at his official residence in Dublin earlier today. "I really like Liam, but just, no...", wrote another user.

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