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Laura Hutton

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Liam Neeson has expressed his scepticism about the sexual misconduct allegations now sweeping through Hollywood and the entertainment industry, in an uncomfortable appearance 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 are some people - famous people - being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something, and suddenly they are being dropped from their programmes".

Keillor was sacked by Minnesota Public Radio late past year over allegations of "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him".

"I was reading recently about him (Keillor)", Neeson said.

Neeson, one of Hollywood's most bankable and respected stars, referred to the recent case of the writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor to illustrate his point.

"He was listening to a sad story from a female friend of his", said Neeson, relaying Keillor's version of events.

While promoting his new film, The Commuter, on the Irish talk show The Late Late Show, Neeson made it clear that he thought the movement had gone too far. And she had a blouse on and it was her bare back, I don't know what the blouse was like, and he immediately took his hand away and apologised.

Neeson was then asked about the other end of the spectrum with people like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman.

Neeson was quick to distance himself from Hoffman's alleged behaviour, saying: "I'm not saying I've done similar things to what he's done". When you're doing a play, and you're with your family - other actors, technicians - you do silly things. It becomes superstitious, if you don't do it every night you think it's going to jinx the show.

Hoffman has been accused of harassment and assault by multiple women, charges which he has strenuously denied.

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