AceShowbiz - Michelle Rodriguez is apologising for defending Liam Neeson over his race controversy "in the wrong way."
The actor became a target of critics and activists alike after revealing he turned vigilante in his youth and roamed the streets of Northern Ireland looking for the "black b**tard" who raped his friend in a recent British interview. Liam has since apologised for offending people with his choice of words, insisting he's not a racist.
Earlier this week, ends February 10, "The Fate of the Furious" star came to Liam's defence by citing his "Widows" love scenes with his onscreen wife, Viola Davis, more than prove the actor isn't a man who hates people of colour.
"It's all f**king bulls**t," the actress told Vanity Fair. "Liam Neeson is not a racist. Dude, have you watched 'Widows'? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis's throat... You can't call him a racist ever."
"Racists don't make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue - so deep down her throat. I don't care how good of an actor you are. It's all bulls**t. Ignore it. He's not a racist. He's a loving man. It's all lies."
However, Michelle is now apologising, insisting she should have been more articulate.
"To my friends and colleagues and my fans and community: I want to deeply apologize for my recent choice of words and poor use of example," she writes on Instagram. "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 terrible historical comparison. I have learned from this, and will grow from it."
Rodriguez isn't the only star defending Neeson - Whoopi Goldberg also spoke out about the controversy.
The "Ghost" star said, "People walk around sometimes with rage, that’s what happens. Is he a bigot? No. I've known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognised, I've been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one. You can't be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack."
Meanwhile, Terry Crews became a target himself after weighing in on Neeson's situation, tweeting, "I believe that every person on earth is capable of the greatest good, or unspeakable evil. Liam is just describing his fork in the road?"
The actor later returned to Twitter to insist he hadn't been defending Neeson with his remark, explaining, "I'm not defending him at all. In fact, he absolutely revealed what births a white supremacist. But what’s worse is those who practice it and NEVER reveal it."