But while people flocked to call out the actor over his remarks, Michelle Rodriguez rushed to his side in support.
Calling the accusations "bullshit", she continued: "Dude, have you watched Widows?". His tongue was so far down Viola Davis's throat. You can not call him racist, ever. Racists do not make out with the race they hate, especially in the way that he does with his tongue. I do not care how good of an actor you are.' Yikes! He's not a racist. He's a loving man.
Three days later, Rodriguez apologized for the "insensitive" way she defended Neeson.
She wrote on Instagram: "To my friends and colleagues and my fans and community: I want to deeply apologise for my recent choice of words, and poor use of example. In a pressure-filled situation, I defended a friend in the wrong way". I now realize how insensitive it was, and I had no intention of invoking such a bad historical comparison. "I have learned from this and will grow from it", she concluded.
When chatting to the publication, the Taken star candidly said: 'My immediate reaction was... The lady journalist asked me how I tapped into that.
In talking to his audience about it, Noah said the context of how and where Neeson made his startling confession matters, and if he said it in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, "we would have seen it as a person admitting to a time in their life when they allowed their anger and hatred to fester into a racism that they're ashamed of". So that I could... kill him'.
Despite this, there was still backlash against him and so, while a guest on Good Morning America, he once again insisted that he was 'not racist'.
"I remembered an incident almost 40 years ago where a dear friend of mine was brutally raped".