Liam Neeson Breaks Silence on Natasha Richardson

In Esquire magazine interview, Liam Neeson reveals he's still reeling.

ByABC News
February 15, 2011, 5:10 PM

Feb. 15, 2011 — -- For the first time since Natasha Richardson's fatal 2009 skiing accident, the husband she left behind, actor Liam Neeson, is speaking out about her death.

"I walked into the emergency -- it's like 70, 80 people, broken arms, black eyes, all that -- and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me," he said in an interview published in the March issue of Esquire. "Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I've come all this way, and they won't let me see her."

Richardson suffered a severe head injury on March 16, 2009, while taking a skiing lesson at the Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada. The 45-year-old actress initially seemed fine and refused medical attention, but hours later, she complained of a headache and was taken to a local hospital.

From there, she was transported to a hospital in Montreal, where her condition was upgraded to critical. Neeson arrived after rushing off the Toronto set of his movie "Chloe."

"And I'm looking past them, starting to push -- I'm like, 'F**k, I know my wife's back there someplace,'" he said. "I pull out a cell phone -- and a security guard comes up, starts saying, 'Sorry, sir, you can't use that in here,' and I'm about to ask him if he knew me, when he disappears to answer a phone call or something. So I went outside. It's freezing cold, and I thought, What am I gonna do? How am I going to get past the security?"

"And I see two nurses, ladies, having a cigarette," he continued. "I walk up, and luckily one of them recognizes me. And I'll tell you, I was so f***ing grateful -- for the first time in I don't know how long -- to be recognized. And this one, she says, 'Go in that back door there.' She points me to it. 'Make a left. She's in a room there.' So I get there, just in time. And all these young doctors, who look all of 18 years of age, they tell me the worst. ... the worst."