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Queen’s University removes Liam Neeson from prospectus

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QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY Belfast has removed Liam Neeson from its prospectus following statements he made about wanting to kill a black person, according to reports.

BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show has reported that it has received "inside information" that Neeson was due to appear in this year’s prospectus but “an instruction was given for him to be removed”, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The actor had featured in “heritage and heroes” section of the 2018 and 2019 prospectus, as well as other areas, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

In February, during an interview with The Independent to promote his film Cold Pursuit, the Taken star said that after discovering that a friend had been raped, he asked what colour the rapist was.

After, the friend said the attacker was black, Neeson said he went out with the intention of killing a black person.

“I went up and down areas 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 [Neeson gestured air quotes with his fingers] ‘black b******’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” Neeson told The Independent.

He said that he was ashamed of his past behaviour, describing it as awful.

His disclosure sparked a debate with critics saying Neeson’s past actions and his more recent retelling of the story was instrumental of his racism, but others came to his defence and said he shouldn’t be judged.

Neeson appeared on Good Morning America amid the furore over his comments to insist that he was not a racist.

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