Liam Neeson made a rare appearance in New York City three months after his controversial comments about seeking vengeance on a black person after the rape of a friend.

The 66-year-old Irish actor was seen in Central Park with a friend on Thursday, the Daily Mail reports. Wearing a blue hoodie, an overgrown beard and a baseball cap, Neeson appeared to be trying to keep a a low profile and looked downcast.

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Neeson was branded ‘racist’ following an interview to promote his film Cold Pursuit where he said that 40 years ago,he spent a week prowling the streets looking to murder any random black man after learning a close female friend had been raped by a black man.

Following the backlash, Neeson appeared on Good Morning America to insist he is not racist and that he sought help from a Catholic priest.

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“I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago. I had a primal urge. I was trying to show honor for a friend I dearly loved, in a medieval fashion.”

He said: “I did seek help. I went to a priest, who heard my confession and also later confided in two friends and would go out power-walking for two hours a day to get this [anger] out of me.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neeson is set to star in the new action-thriller The Minuteman.

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Irish actor Liam Neeson.Getty Images