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July 22, 2019

Michelle Rodriguez walks back defense of Liam Neeson with social media apology

February 11, 2019
Michelle Rodriguez poses for photographers upon arrival at the Finch Chanel Pre BAFTAs Dinner in London, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

She came fast and furious to his defense but now, she’s regretting it.

Michelle Rodriguez apologized for her recent remarks defending actor Liam Neeson, who revealed that he once wanted to kill a black man, in a candid Instagram post Saturday.


“To my friends and colleagues and my fans and community: I want to deeply apologize for my recent choice of words, and poor use of example. In a pressure-filled situation, I defended a friend in the wrong way,” Rodriguez said. “I now realize how insensitive it was, and I had no intention of invoking such a terrible historical comparison. I have learned from this, and will grow from it. One Love, MRod.”

The 66-year-old actor recalled last week how he became hungry for revenge after learning a loved one was allegedly raped by a black man. “I went up and down the streets with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody — I’m ashamed to say that — and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him,” he said.

Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in Twentieth Century Fox's WIDOWS.
Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in Twentieth Century Fox’s WIDOWS. (Courtesy Twentieth Fox)

After Neeson’s comments drew a heavy dose of criticism, Rodriguez jumped to his defense by saying that Neeson’s acting in “Widows” was proof enough that he was not racist.

“It’s all f—-ing bulls—. Dude have you watched ‘Widows?’ His tongue is so far down Viola Davis’ throat. You can’t call him a racist,” she told Vanity Fair.

“Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue — so deep down her throat. I don’t care how good of an actor you are. It’s all bulls—. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”

Neeson plays the husband of Davis’ character in Steve McQueen’s 2018 thriller.

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