Morgan Freeman Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Multiple Women
A new report has revealed that multiple women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate comments against actor Morgan Freeman. In total, 16 people spoke to CNN, eight of whom said they were victims of harassment or what they called “inappropriate behavior” and eight of whom said they witnessed this alleged behavior. Altogether, the allegations suggest a pattern of misbehavior on movie sets, at promotional appearances and at Freeman’s production company Revelations Entertainment.
One woman who worked as a production assistant on the 2017 film Going in Style claimed that she was she subjected to near-daily comments and unwanted touching. She alleged that Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”
Another woman, who served on the production staff of the 2013 film Now You See Me, also detailed numerous occasions of harassment. She claimed, “[Freeman] did comment on our bodies… We knew that if he was coming by … not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted.”
Freeman’s harassment allegedly also extended to reporters whom he interacted with at press appearances. WGN producer Tyra Martin had interviewed the actor multiple times over the course of a decade and had gotten used to comments about her appearance. She believed that she was always “in on the joke,” though she did believe that one incident crossed a line: “When I stood up, I pulled my skirt part of my dress down and he did say, ‘Oh, don’t pull it down now.’ That gave me pause but I never felt uncomfortable.”
CNN’s Chloe Mellas, one of the reporters who broke the story, recalled being subjected herself to inappropriate behavior from Freeman. At a press junket for Going in Style, during which she was six months pregnant, he looked her up and down and more than once said a variation of “I wish I was there.”
Freeman has released a statement that reads, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”