Neeson: Allegations Against Hoffman Are 'Childhood Stuff'

He calls sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood 'a bit of a witch hunt'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2018 12:39 PM CST
This image released by Lionsgate shows Liam Neeson in a scene from "The Commuter."   (Ollie Upton/Lionsgate via AP)

(Newser) – Echoing sentiments shared by French actress Catherine Deneuve earlier this week, Liam Neeson on Friday called sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood "a bit of a witch hunt," the Guardian reports. The actor, during an interview on Ireland's The Late Late Show, used Garrison Keillor and Dustin Hoffman as examples. “There’s some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee, or something, and suddenly they’re being dropped from their program," Neeson said. Keillor claims he was fired by Minnesota Public Radio after a misunderstanding in which he accidentally put his hand on a female employee's bare back and it "went up" her shirt.

"It's childhood stuff what he was doing," the New York Daily News quotes Neeson as saying of Hoffman, who has been accused of sexual harassment, exposing himself to a minor, and sexual assault, including putting his fingers in the vaginas of multiple women. “When you’re doing a play ... you do silly things," Neeson said. "It becomes kind of superstitious. If you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show." He added: “I’m not saying I’ve done similar things to what he’s done.” While saying he's "on the fence" about the allegations against Hoffman, Neeson said the "#MeToo" movement is "healthy" and there are problems "across every industry," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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