Liam Neeson has embroiled himself in controversy after publicly telling a story he had never revealed before about a loved one’s rape.
The 66-year-old actor spoke about how someone close to him was once raped. He did not reveal this person’s identity.
“There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions,” he told The Independent. “I’ll tell you a story. This is true.”
Liam continued, “She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way. But my immediate reaction was…I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour 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 [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black b*stard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could…kill him,” Liam continued. FYI – “cosh” is slang for “a thick heavy stick or bar used as a weapon.”
He continued, “It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I would say, ‘I’m just going out for a walk.’ You know? ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘No no, nothing’s wrong.’”
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“It’s awful,” he added. “But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the fuck are you doing,’ you know?”
Liam added, “I come from a society – I grew up in Northern Ireland in the Troubles – and, you know, I knew a couple of guys that died on hunger strike, and I had acquaintances who were very caught up in the Troubles, and I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing, and Northern Ireland’s proof of that. All this stuff that’s happening in the world, the violence, is proof of that, you know. But that primal need, I understand.”
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