Red carpet nixed after Liam Neeson reveals racist thoughts

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USA media reported that the red carpet event for Cold Pursuit's premiere had been cancelled in the wake of the controversy and the ensuing social media debate.

Neeson's publicist didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Breaking his silence on Tuesday's Good Morning America, Liam defended his comments and said he was trying to "show honour and stand up for my friend in this medieval fashion". I remembered an incident almost 40 years ago where a dear friend of mine was brutally raped.

She added, "You have to also understand the pain of a black person hearing what you said". It was a man? "This is true", the actor said in the 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.

"I was trying to show honour, stand up for my dear friend in this bad medieval fashion and I'm a fairly intelligent guy and that's why it shocked me when I came down to Earth after having these awful feelings. It shocked me and it hurt me", he said on "GMA".

He added: "I did seek help - I saw a priest, I spoke to some close friends, I went powerwalking".

The "Taken" star said he would walk down the streets with a heavy stick, hoping someone would approach him and start an altercation.

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She allegedly went on to refer to Neeson as a 'racist pig.' The lyrics to her song 'F*** You include: 'You're just some racist who can't tie my laces.

Promoting his new film Cold Pursuit, the Irish actor, 66, discussed with United Kingdom outlet the concept of revenge - as he's built his career as of late around action movies and thrillers of this nature. She said it was a black person. "This isn't a gotcha - so I will give you credit there".

The Oscar-nominated actor says he's not a racist. "I was trying to show honour, stand up for my friend in this bad, medieval fashion".

At the end of the interview, Neeson asked journalist Clemence Michallon if she would handle his story "carefully" and then joked "I will find you" - a reference to his hit film Taken - if she didn't. "Luckily no violence occurred".

Liam Neeson's promoting his latest revenge film, Cold Pursuit, in which he (once again) plays a character driven by revenge, this time as a snowplow driver who's, you know, out for revenge.

However, former presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey came to the actor's defence and said he now fully admits his "irrational thoughts.were wrong".

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