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Red carpet for Liam Neeson’s latest film cancelled amid racism row

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The red carpet for Liam Neeson’s latest film, Cold Pursuit, was cancelled amid the racism row which was sparked in a recent interview.

The actor sparked huge controversy in recent days, when he did a an interview with The Independent and said that after a friend of his was raped, he went looking for a black person to kill.

“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 [uses air quotes with fingers] ‘black b*****d’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” he said.

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The 66-year-old has since told Good Morning America that he is not racist and added that he had an “urge to lash out” after hearing what had happened to his friend.

Liam was set to take to the red carpet for his new film in New York last night, but organisers cancelled that part of the event just hours before it was set to take place.

The film premiere reportedly went ahead, but there were no interview or photograph opportunities beforehand.