Vastavam web: Liam Neeson has defended veteran actor Dustin Hoffman, saying that the campaign against sexual harassment in Hollywood is becoming “a bit of a witch hunt”.Hoffman has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women he worked with. The actor had offered an apology to the first woman, who interned on the set of his 1985 TV film “Death of a Salesman.” In a statement, he said the behaviour was “not reflective of who I am.” But he has not commented on the other accusations.Neeson specifically spoke about the allegations against Garrison Keillor, who was fired last year from Minnesota Public Radio for “inappropriate behaviour”.
He said he was “on the fence” in relation to some of the allegations that have emerged against Hoffman and appeared to dismiss breast groping as “childhood stuff”.”I think Dustin Hoffman was… I’m not saying I’ve done similar things like what he did. Apparently, he touched another girl’s breast and stuff. But it’s childhood stuff what he was doing,” Neeson said.Neeson, however, acknowledged that the wider movement against harassment was “healthy” as it is not just confined to show business.
“There is a movement happening. It’s healthy and it’s across every industry. The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the minute. But it’s across every industry.”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. A witch hunt never ends. We just want men to stop abusing their power,” wrote one of the users.Another user wrote,”Liam Neeson on the ‘Late Late’ suggesting that Hoffman might simply rub a co-star’s breasts in superstition before a performance. A grope for good luck as it were. ‘Childhood stuff’. Yeah, if there’s a line to be drawn Liam, I don’t see it’s there.”