Liam Neeson Calls Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Hollywood Men "A Witch Hunt"

Irish actor Liam Neeson is 'on the fence' over allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman

Neeson says Hollywood experiencing 'a bit of a witch hunt'

Neeson's comments echo those of French actress Catherine Deneuve, who said men are being "punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss". "I think Dustin Hoffman was.I'm not saying I've done similar things like with what he did, you know, he apparently touched another girl's breasts and stuff, but it's childhood stuff".

"The Commuter" star pointed to Garrison Keillor, the former Minnesota Public Radio personality who was sacked from his job over allegations of "inappropriate behavior".

Hoffman has been accused of groping or exposing himself to a number of women, some of who were teenagers at the time.

Liam said: "There is a movement happening... it's healthy and it's across every industry, the focus is on Hollywood at the moment but it is across every industry".

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Liam said: 'I was reading recently about him, and he was listening to a sad story of a female friend of his, and the end of this, I put her hand on her bare back.

Speaking on the Late Late Show on RTÉ One on Friday, Mr Neeson, the star of Taken and Schindler's List, said he was "on the fence" in relation to some of the allegations that have emerged.

"Months later he gets a call from a lawyer, or his radio station does in Minnesota Public Radio, saying he inappropriately touched this lady, and he was dropped like that".

Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing writer Anna Graham Hunter while in a production of "Death Of A Salesman" in 1984.

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The actor was addressing the outpouring of sexual harassment and assault allegations which have rocked Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Other actors, technicians - you do silly things.

Playwright Cori Thomas accused him of exposing himself to her in a NY hotel room in 1980, when she was 16. Neeson made the comments during an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE.

The actor said the allegations reported by media are in "every industry".

He said that as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he has read "chilling" details about how female labourers were being treated on farms and ranches. "I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me".

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