Liam Neeson faces accusations of racism after rape comments
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Liam Neeson is facing accusations of racism after comments he made related to a member of his family being raped years ago.

The actor, in an interview with Independent on Monday that has gone viral, said that some time ago after he returned from a trip abroad he learned that someone in his family had been raped. In response, he said, he went out for racially targeted revenge.

“There’s something primal — God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions," Neeson said before telling his story.

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“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said. “But my immediate reaction was ... I asked, did she know who it was? No. 'What color were they?' She said it was a black person."

“I went up and down areas with a [nightstick], 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.”

Immediately after he told the story, Neeson said that he regretted the impulse to take revenge on an entire race.

“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that,” he said. “And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.”

Neeson's talent agency did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the story, but social media erupted in outrage.

BuzzFeed U.K.'s Hannah Al-Othman highlighted Neeson's jump straight to asking the victim of rape about the race of her aggressor.