The Irish actor, 66, sparked a racism storm this week after he revealed he went out with a cosh hoping to kill "some black b*****d" when he heard a female friend had been raped.
However Rodriguez, who starred with Neeson in Widows last year, has jumped to his defence and described the race row as "all f***ing bulls*it".
Speaking at the amfAR Gala in New York on Wednesday night Rodriguez said: "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*it. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies."
Neeson provoked outrage when he said he once had violent thoughts about killing a black person in retaliation for the rape of a loved one.
Neeson told The Independent he had spent "maybe a week" walking near pubs with a heavy stick and "hoping some 'black b*****d' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could … kill him."
'PRIMAL URGE TO LASH OUT'
The actor shared the personal story as he promoted his new film Cold Pursuit, which sees his character Nels Coxman go on a journey to kill.
The film follows the snowplough driver seeking revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.
Discussing his controversial remarks today on US talk show Good Morning America, he said: "I had never felt this feeling before, which was a primal urge to lash out".
He added: "After that there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence.
"I did it four, maybe four or five times, until I caught myself and it really shocked me, this primal urge. It was shocking."
Neeson said he would have had the same reaction if his friend, who has since died, had told him she was raped by a white man.
He added: "If she had said Irish or Scot or a Brit or a Lithuanian, I know it would have had the same effect.
"I was trying to show honour to and stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion."
Neeson said no violence took place.
NEW YORK FILM PREMIERE AXED
Public outrage led to the New York premiere of his film Cold Pursuit being axed.
Neeson also pulled out of an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday due to the controversy.
Fans on Twitter have called for a boycott of his films as a result of the comments, though some, including former Liverpool ace John Barnes and author John Banville, have defended him.
Whoopi Goldberg, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, also spoke up for her old pal yesterday, insisting: "He is not a bigot".
Neeson is also set to feature in blockbuster movie Men in Black International, a multimillion pound reboot of the sci-fi franchise which comes out in June.
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