Liam Neeson Apologizes Again After Admitting He Wanted to Kill a ‘Black Bastard’

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Liam Neeson attends the 'Taken 2' press conference at the Hyatt Hotel on September 17, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. The film will open on September 27 in Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Liam Neeson is again apologizing for revealing that he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man.

Neeson issued a statement Friday apologized for “hurtful and divisive” comments that “do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me.”

The actor caused a firestorm in early February when he told The Independent that after learning his friend’s attacker was black, he hoped a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

He later told “Good Morning America” that he is not a racist and moved past his desire for violence after seeking help from a priest and from friends. But the controversy overshadowed his new film, “Cold Pursuit.”

In his latest statement, Neeson said he has had time to reflect on “my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time.” He said that in trying to explain his feelings, he “missed the point and hurt many people.” He ended the 155-word statement by saying: “I profoundly apologize.”

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