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Queens University of Belfast silent over alleged Liam Neeson prospectus snub

Liam Neeson had featured prominently in the 'heritage and heroes' section of the QUB prospectus last year

QUEEN'S University Belfast was last night remaining silent over its decision to remove Hollywood actor Liam Neeson from its prospectus.

The Ballymena native had featured prominently in the 'heritage and heroes' section of the publication last year.

His 2020 omission has been attributed to his controversial remarks where he said described hunting for a random black man to kill in revenge for the rape of his friend.

"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 `black bastard' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him."

BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show said it received "inside information" that Neeson was scheduled to be in this year's prospectus for new students, but "an instruction was given for him to be removed".

His defenders have hit out at Queen's decision, saying his statement was a matter of "free speech".

He made the comments while promoting his film, 'Cold Pursuit' which features revenge as a major plot point.

Neeson denied being racist after a public outcry followed his comments.

Queen's has not responded to requests for comment.

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