Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Evan Real on May 24, 2018.
Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct in a CNN report about the actor’s alleged inappropriate behavior, describing multiple troubling incidents throughout his career.
In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of the investigation; eight witnesses and eight who claim to be victims. The outlet’s entertainment reporter Chloe Melas — who co-authored the article — was the only victim who spoke on the record.
A young production assistant said that in the summer of 2015, while she was working on Freeman’s bank heist comedy Going in Style, she was subjected to several months of harassment. She alleged that Freeman repeatedly touched her without permission, resting his hand on her lower back or rubbing her lower back, and frequently made comments about her figure and clothing. …
Morgan Freeman Claims He ‘Did Not Create Unsafe Work Environments’ in New Statement
Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Katie Kilkenny on May 25, 2018.
In the wake of allegations that he harassed female journalists and staffers at his production company, Morgan Freeman has defended his actions in a new statement that warns “it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”
In the statement, the second he has put out since an initial CNN report of misconduct on Thursday, Freeman writes that he is “devastated” that “80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye” by news reports of misconduct published Thursday. “All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor,” he continues.
In the Friday evening statement the Dark Knight actor characterizes himself as “someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me” and therefore attempted to make lighthearted jokes that did not telegraph as intended. …