Liam Neeson Calls #MeToo Movement a 'Witch Hunt'

Liam Neeson on The Late Late Show

Liam Neeson on The Late Late Show

The phrase "witch hunt" has been frequently tossed around, and the latest to take this stance is Liam Neeson.

"There is a bit of a witch hunt happening", said the 65-year-old actor during an interview on popular talk show The Late Late Show.

In The Late Late Show interview, Neeson echoed Keillor's version of the events that led to the allegations against him, which framed them as a well-intentioned misunderstanding. "There are some people - famous people - being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something, and suddenly have been dropped from their program or something".

Neeson brought up the case of American radio personality Garrison Keillor, who was sacked from his job with Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Liam Neeson on the Late Late Show. RTE
Liam Neeson on the Late Late Show. RTE

Neeson, one of Hollywood's most bankable and respected stars, referred to the recent case of the writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor to illustrate his point.

Asked what he thought of the sweep of allegations in his industry, Neeson said: "It's a bit of a witch-hunt". "He was listening to a sad story from a female friend of his". "At the end of this, he put his hand to her back [to console her], and she had a blouse on, and it was her bare back". She said "don't worry about it, forget about it". However, his opinion got even more troubling when the topic of Dustin Hoffman's alleged sexual harassment and assault came up, with Neeson claiming that Hoffman groping a woman's breast was "childhood stuff". When you're doing a play, and you're with your family - other actors, technicians - you do silly things. "And it becomes superstitious if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show".

"The Dustin Hoffman thing, I'm on the fence about that", said Neeson after a pause.

Despite his comments, Neeson did say he believed the movement and having conversations about sexual harassment in the workplace is healthy for society.