Liam Neeson has described the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept the entertainment industry as "a bit of a witch-hunt" and appeared to dismiss breast groping as "childhood stuff" in an interview on Irish television.
"And she said 'forget about it, don't worry about it.' Months later he gets a call from a lawyer, or his radio station does in Minnesota Public Radio, saying he inappropriately touched this lady, and he was dropped like that". "There is some famous people being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something and suddenly they're being dropped from their program or something".
Keillor was sacked by Minnesota Public Radio late previous year over allegations of "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him". "He was listening to a sad story from a female friend of his".
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Keillor told a local newspaper following his dismissal: "I put my hand on a woman's bare back". And he immediately took his hand away and apologised.
In The Late Late Show interview, Neeson echoed Keillor's version of the events that led to the allegations against him, which framed them as a well-intentioned misunderstanding. "Everyone says 'oh, you're an actor, you should be good at that.' It's just not true". It becomes superstitious, if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show.
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Hoffman has been accused of harassment and assault by multiple women, charges which he has strenuously denied.
"The Dustin Hoffman thing, I'm on the fence about that", said Neeson after a pause. He was confronted about his alleged behaviour by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver during an extraordinary public exchange in December. So yeah, it's not been a great week for his personal brand.
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