During an interview on Ireland’s Late Late show, host Ryan Tubridy asked the Taken star for his thoughts on the recent allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and many other powerful men in the entertainment industry.
“The Dustin Hoffman thing… I’m on the fence about that,” he said. “Because, when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family – other actors, technicians – you do silly things, and it becomes kind of superstitious. If you don’t do it every night, you think it’s gonna jinx the show.”
“I think Dustin Hoffman, was… I’m not saying i’ve done similar things to what he did – apparently he touched a girl’s breast – it’s childhood stuff.”
He then appeared to defend actor Dustin Hoffman, who is facing sexual assault allegations from three women.
In rather surreal circumstances, surrounded by shots of himself from previous films – he was being celebrated on the show after picking up a presidential honour for his contribution to Ireland – Neeson expressed some concern for the way the #MeToo movement was unfolding.
Liam Neeson on the wave of sexual harassment allegations against high profile men in Hollywood #latelate pic.twitter.com/NzT0rWXf25
Liam Neeson has waded into the dialogue about the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, saying that the #MeToo movement has brought about a “witch hunt”.