Liam Neeson says the #MeToo movement has brought about a "witch hunt"

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"The Dustin Hoffman thing, I'm on the fence about that", Neeson said.

Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by five women.

In an interview on the Irish talk show "The Late Late Show", Neeson described the wave of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood as "a bit of a witch hunt". Other actors, technicians - you do silly things. "But it's childhood stuff what he was doing", he continued. "Childhood stuff". Yeah, if there's a line to be drawn Liam, I don't see it's there".

Neeson's award, with which he was gifted today, reads: "As an extremely gifted and internationally renowned film actor, Liam Neeson has helped to raise Ireland's profile and awareness of Ireland and Irish artists around the world, especially in the United States where he is based".

Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing a teenage intern during the 1980s.

More than 80 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sex crimes.

Another Twitter user clarified: "Liam Neeson: witch hunt is a term for false accusations against the vulnerable by the powerful, so it's not an accurate description of holding privileged men in power accountable for their actions".

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Also, historically, witch hunts left a lot of innocent women dead and produced no actual witches, so it might be time to find a new metaphor.

The French actor Catherine Deneuve drew sharp criticism this week when she also used the term "witch-hunt" to describe the chain of events since allegations of serial sexual assault were made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein past year.

"There is a bit of a witch-hunt happening", he said.

Tubridy eventually chimed in to mention the importance of people coming forward and having discussions about these issues, to which Neeson agreed.

The "MeToo" movement encourages victims of this behaviour to speak up about inappropriate incidents that have happened to them. "The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the moment", Neeson concluded, when prompted by the show's host Ryan Tubridy that talking about these accusations is "healthy". "But it's across every industry", Neeson added.

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