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Queen's University Belfast still silent over Liam Neeson reports

Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson. Picture by Ian West/PA Wire

QUEEN'S University Belfast is continuing to remain silent on claims it has removed Hollywood actor Liam Neeson from its prospectus.

Three days after reports emerged that the Ballymena native will not appear in the the latest guide for new students, the university has still not responded.

Queen's was still refusing to comment despite repeated requests.

Neeson had featured prominently in the 'heritage and heroes' section of the publication last year.

But it is understood 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."

Neeson made the comments while promoting his film, 'Cold Pursuit' which features revenge as a major plot point. He denied being racist after a public outcry followed his comments.

Neeson's publicist yesterday said he was unaware that the actor had reportedly been removed from the prospectus and was not even aware that he had featured in it previously.

Alan Nierob of Rogers&Cowan told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are not involved in this matter nor have any knowledge of the Queen's University prospectus, in years past, current year nor future years".

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