Liam Neeson: Sexual harassment allegations against Dustin Hoffman are 'childhood stuff'

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

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."

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 they are being dropped from their programmes".

He then discussed Garrison Keillor, who was sacked from Minnesota Public Radio following an allegation from a woman of improper behaviour. "And if you read the stuff I've read about how female labourers are being treated in farms, ranches, and all the rest of it, it's chilling", he said. And he immediately took his hand away and apologized. "She said "don't worry about it, forget about it". He emailed her because he was concerned.

"Months later, he gets a call from a lawyer, or his radio station does, saying he inappropriately touched this lady".

Neeson specifically referred to the case of the American radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor, who was sacked by Minnesota Public Radio past year over allegations of "inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him". "I'm on the fence about that", he said.

Because when you're doing a play and you're with your family, other actors, technicians, you do silly things. It becomes superstitious, if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show. "I'm not saying i've done similar things to what he did - apparently he touched a girl's breast - it's childhood stuff".

"It's a bit of a witch-hunt", he said when asked what he thought about the allegations of serial sexual assault in the industry, reported The Guardian.

The actor said the allegations reported by media are in "every industry".

In another interview promoting The Commuter with the Associated Press, the Schindler's List star said that while the gender pay gap was "fucking disgraceful", he would not consider taking a pay cut.

@DrMMcMahonEP wrote: "Disappointed by Liam Neeson's comments".

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