Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexual harassment by numerous women
The Oscar-winning celebrity is alleged to have behaved inappropriately towards eight women, including employees on movie sets, workers of his production company, and journalists.
The claims emerged following an evaluation by CNN, which cited 16 sources who said they were the targets of had watched Freeman’s behavior.
A young production assistant who worked on 2017 bank heist comedy Moving in Style told the broadcaster Freeman”kept trying to lift my skirt up and asking if I had been wearing panties”.
She alleged Freeman exposed her to unwanted touching and remarks about her figure and clothing on an almost daily basis.
The actor, 80, is said to have made comments about women’s clothes or their bodies in front of numerous witnesses as well as on camera.
CNN said seven people had clarified Freeman’s pattern of inappropriate behaviour at Revelations Entertainment, the production company he founded in 1996 with a stated mission to”reveal reality”.
Freeman setup the company using Lori McCreary, the current president of the Producers Guild Association, that has championed the #MeToo and Time Up moves.
CNN also said it had spoken to three amusement reporters who maintained Freeman made inappropriate remarks through interviews.
They comprised CNN reporter Chloe Melas, who had been pregnant at the time and co-wrote the investigation to Freeman.
She alleged the celebrity shook her hand and looked her up and down and said”I wish I had been there” and”You’re ripe” after they met at a media event for Moving in Style this past year.
In a statement issued after the allegations became public, Freeman said:”Anybody who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who’d intentionally violate or intentionally make anyone feel uncomfortable.
“I apologise to anyone who felt uneasy or disrespected — which was my aim.”
The actor is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, having become a household name through films such as Driving Miss Daisy and Shawshank Redemption.
He won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby, and has received Oscar nominations for four other films.