Published On: Sat, Jan 13th, 2018

Neeson: Hollywood intercourse claims began a 'witch hunt'

Liam Neeson has referred to as the Hollywood intercourse scandal involving Dustin Hoffman and different actors “a little bit of a witch hunt”.

Chatting with Irish broadcaster RTE, the 65-year-old motion star was requested about latest accusations directed at Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman.

“There’s a little bit of a witch hunt occurring,” he mentioned.

“There’s some individuals, well-known individuals, being all of a sudden accused of touching some woman’s knee or one thing and all of a sudden they’re being dropped from their programme.”

Neeson was fast to separate disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein from different names concerned, particularly casting his doubts on accusations made towards Dustin Hoffman.

Hoffman was accused of groping and making inappropriate comments at a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 film Demise Of A Salesman.

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Dustin Hoffman has been accused of misconduct by two more women
Hoffman was accused of misconduct in a film set greater than 30 years in the past

Hoffman denied the accusations, saying they don’t seem to be “reflective of who I’m”.

Neeson mentioned he was “on the fence” in terms of his fellow actor.

“Whenever you’re doing a play and also you’re with your loved ones, different actors and technicians, you do foolish issues,” he mentioned.

“You do foolish issues and it turns into superstitious. When you do not do it each evening you assume it’ll jinx the present.

“I believe Dustin Hoffman… I am not saying I’ve carried out comparable issues like what he did. Apparently he touched a woman’s breast and stuff, nevertheless it’s childhood stuff.”

He additionally defended US radio presenter and author Garrison Keillor, who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio final 12 months over an allegation of “inappropriate behaviour”.

Relating to the #MeToo motion, Neeson was supportive and referred to as it “wholesome”, remembering that the issue exists in “each trade”.

Response on social media has been blended, with some criticising the actor and others praising his “honesty” and evaluating the Hollywood intercourse scandal with “the Salem Witch Trials and the Purple Scare”.

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