"I profoundly apologise."
Liam Neeson has issued a new apology after he admitted that he wanted to seek revenge on a black person after a close friend of his was raped.
In February, the Oscar-nominated actor attracted a major backlash after recalling how he roamed the streets looking for a “black bastard” to kill after his friend was attacked.
Making a fresh statement on Friday (March 29) to follow up the apology he made previously on Good Morning America, Neeson said he was sorry for the “hurtful and divisive” comments and that they “do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me”.
Explaining that he has had time to reflect on his “unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time” after speaking to “a variety of people who were hurt by my impulsive recounting of a brutal rape of a dear female friend nearly 40 years ago,” he added that while trying to explain his feelings “I missed the point and hurt many people.”
Neeson ended his statement by saying: “I profoundly apologise.”
It comes after Neeson explained how a “primal” instinct had overtaken him when he attempted to seek revenge for his friend.
“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 black bastard would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” he said.
Neeson later attempted to clarify his comments and insisted that he wasn’t racist.
“I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago,” he said on Good Morning America. ”I was brought up in the north of Ireland. The Troubles. The ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. There was a war going on in the north of Ireland. I had acquaintances who were involved in the trouble. The bigotry. One Catholic would be killed, the next day a protestant would be killed. I grew up surrounded by that, but I was never surrounded by it.”
Meanwhile, Neeson has reportedly been removed from the prospectus for Queen’s University Belfast after his racist remarks.
BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show claims that the Northern Irish actor was set to appear in the prospectus for prospective students but “an instruction was given for him to be removed”.