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The Latest: No Red carpet for Liam Neeson film premiere

February 5, 2019
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This image released by ABC shows Irish actor Liam Neeson, left, with co-host Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in New York. The 66-year-old actor appeared on the morning program one day after he told an interviewer that he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning nearly 40 years ago that someone close to him had been raped. Neeson says he's not a racist. The actor, who was promoting the revenge film "Cold Pursuit," says we need to talk about these things because bigotry and racism exist. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on fallout from comments Liam Neeson made about wanting to kill a black person after a friend of his was raped nearly four decades ago (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

The red carpet at the premiere of Liam Neeson’s newest film has been abruptly canceled amid fallout from the actor’s comments about decades-old thoughts he had about killing a black person.

Organizers of the New York premiere of “Cold Pursuit” informed journalists that interviews and photo opportunities had been canceled on Tuesday afternoon, a couple hours before the event was supposed to start. The film’s screening Tuesday night will continue as planned.

The changes came hours after Neeson appeared on “Good Morning America” to address his comments, telling interviewer Robin Roberts that he is not a racist. He was quoted in an interview by the Independent on Monday describing his violent thoughts about killing a black person nearly 40 years ago after learning that someone close to him had been raped.

The actor told Roberts discussion talk about these things is needed because bigotry and racism exist.

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This story has been corrected to show that the red carpet for the film premiere, not the entire event, has been canceled.

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9:50 a.m.

Liam Neeson says violence breeds violence and bigotry breeds bigotry.

The 66-year-old actor appeared Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” one day after he told an interviewer that he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning nearly 40 years ago that someone close to him had been raped.

Neeson says he had asked about the race of the attacker, along with other descriptive characteristics.

He says he had a “primal urge to lash out” before he was shocked by his reaction and sought help from a priest and friends.

Neeson says he’s not a racist.

The actor says we need to talk about these things because bigotry and racism exist.

Neeson was promoting his new thriller, “Cold Pursuit.”

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