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Liam Neeson says sorry again for 'divisive' race comments


Apology: Liam Neeson

Apology: Liam Neeson


Apology: Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson has again apologised after revealing he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man.

The Ballymena-born star issued a statement yesterday in which he said sorry for "hurtful and divisive" comments that "do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me".

The actor caused a storm in early February when he said that after learning his friend's attacker was black, he hoped a black person "would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him."

He later told Good Morning America that he is not a racist, but the controversy overshadowed his new film Cold Pursuit.

In his latest statement, Neeson said he has had time to reflect on "my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time".

He said that in trying to explain his feelings, he "missed the point and hurt many people".

He ended the 155-word statement by saying: "I profoundly apologise."

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Earlier this week it emerged that Neeson had been removed from a Queen's University Belfast prospectus that he featured in last year. Queen's has yet to comment on the matter.

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