Update: Neeson says he’s ‘not racist,’ ‘was trying to show honor’

In the wake of his controversial admission in a recent interview that he looked for the opportunity to kill a random black man in the wake of an alleged rape that hit close to home, actor Liam Neeson is pushing back against accusations of racism.

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He spoke on air with “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts on Tuesday to address the topic, expressing his hope that this incident will lead to further discussion of the ills of violence and bigotry.

“I’m not racist,” he said. “This was nearly 40 years ago.”

Neeson went on to say that he was “shocked” by his “primal urge” to seek revenge.

“I did seek help,” he said. “I went to a priest who heard my confession.”

He acknowledged Roberts’ assertion that he “immediately went to race” when seeking details about the unnamed woman’s attacker, but said the fact that she said he was black was not a factor.

“If she had said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit or a Lithuanian I know I would have felt the same effect,” Neeson concluded. “I was trying to show honor, stand up for my dear friend in this terrible, medieval fashion.”

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