Multiple women have come forward to accuse actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, including harassment and sexual misconduct.
Eight of the 16 people who spoke to CNN about the allegations claimed they were directly victimized by Freeman, now 80 — including CNN’s Chloe Melas, who co-wrote the explosive exposé. The other eight people claimed to witnessed Freeman’s alleged behavior.
A woman who worked as a senior production staffer for “Now You See Me” in 2012 told the network that Freeman talked about her and a female assistant’s bodies on numerous occasions.
One young woman said she was a production assistant working on 2015 bank heist comedy “Going In Style” when Morgan allegedly touched her inappropriately, repeatedly, and commented on her figure. She went on to recall one incident when Freeman kept trying to lift her skirt and asking if she wore underwear. Co-star Alan Arkin eventually told Freeman to stop, she said.
CNN’s Melas accused Freeman of subjecting her to inappropriate behavior more than a year ago. Melas said she was six months pregnant when she interviewed him at a press junket for “Going in Style.” Freeman, in a room full of people (including co-stars Arkin and Michael Caine), allegedly shook Melas’ hand and wouldn’t let go and described her as “ripe.”
Cameras reportedly caught Freeman saying, “Boy, do I wish I was there,” but not the rest of the exchange. Melas was the only CNN employee present in the room at the time.
CNN also reportedly spoke to a dozen people who had encountered Freeman and claimed they never witnessed any concerning behavior, describing the actor as a professional.
“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.”
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