Posted on February 4, 2019

Liam Neeson Says He Went Out Hoping to Kill a ‘Black Bastard’ After Someone Close to Him Was Raped

Jamie Ross, Daily Beast, February 4, 2019

Liam Neeson has revealed that he considered carrying out a racist murder years ago after someone close to him was allegedly raped by a black man.


“I’ll tell you a story. This is true,” the actor can be heard saying to journalist Clémence Michallon in the taped interview, explaining that the woman — who he didn’t name — told him that she had been raped by a black man while he was overseas.

“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” he went on. “But my immediate reaction was, I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person. I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody — I’m ashamed to say that — and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [making air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

{snip} He appeared to realize during the interview how shocking his admission was. He said that it “was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that and I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.”


“I think the average moviegoer thinks, ‘Yeah, punch him. Punch him.’ And they get a satisfaction out of seeing somebody else enact it, and they leave the theatre and they feel satiated in some way.”