Neeson's co-star Tom Bateman, who was also present for the interview, reportedly reacted with astonishment.
He insisted he would have felt the same had his friend been raped by "an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian. Luckily no violence occurred — ever. Thanks be to God. Less than an hour later, the star also spoke about the controversy on "Live With Kelly and Ryan.
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While some of the audience members voiced their support, Sonny Hostin on "The View" was less forgiving. That's what happened to black men in this country by white men somehow trying to be righteous about a white woman's virtue. And that really felt In an online poll, Inside Edition asked its audience if Neeson should be forgiven for his remarks.
Lasana Harris, an associate professor of experimental psychology at University College Londo, told The Independent that violent incidents, such as rape, can affect or shape a person's thoughts on a specific community. Our minds can generalize a negative experience with a person by categorizing them in a way that may be flawed. Harris also noted, however, that black people are disproportionately characterized as violent ; that racist bias can lead to "black people being perceived as perpetrators of sexual assault.
Neeson declined to discuss the experience further when contacted by The Independent weeks later. If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at to receive confidential support from a trained staff member. Callie Ahlgrim.
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The action star told the publication that "some time ago," a friend told him that she was raped by a black man. Neeson said after that, he carried a weapon hoping to be approached by a 'black b' so he could kill him, according to The Independent.