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Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit Red Carpet Event Cancelled After Racist Comments

Lionsgate is canceling the red carpet for the New York City premiere of Liam Neeson’s new revenge action film Cold Pursuit. 

Neeson has been receiving a lot of backlash after the actor revealed that he wanted to seek revenge for his friend’s rape by killing any black person.

During an interview the Independent promoting Cold Pursuit, Neeson admitted to allowing his rage to take him to dark place.

“[I] went up and down areas with a cosh (a blackjack-like club), hoping I’d be approached by somebody. I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could, kill him. It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that, ” said Neeson.

Neeson appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning where he said his comments were taken out of context. He told interviewer Robin Roberts he is not a racist and moved past his desire for violence after seeking help from a priest and from friends.

The 60-year-old clarified that he asked his loved one about the rapist’s other attributes – besides race – and said that if she had been assaulted by a white man, he would have the same reaction.

“If she has said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian, I know I would’ve felt the same effect. I was trying to… stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion.

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