Morgan Freeman has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Morgan Freeman on Thursday issued a public apology shortly after CNN published a report in which eight women accused the actor of misconduct, from unwelcome sexual comments to “unwanted touching” to harassment.
One production assistant accused Freeman of harassing her for months during filming of bank robbery comedy Going in Style. She said the 79-year-old touched her repeatedly, tried to lift her skirt and asked if she was wearing underwear. The production assistant told CNN that during the harassment another actor, Alan Arkin, “made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say”.
Meanwhile a woman who worked on the 2013 film Now You See Me said staff knew “not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms” or any close-fitting clothes if Freeman was around. Morgan is also said to have stared at women’s breasts and asked women to twirl for him. Morgan Freeman releases statement through spokesperson following report of alleged inappropriate behavior and harassment. He said in a statement:
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. Making women feel uncomfortable was “never my intent”
He is the latest well-known Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual misconduct after allegations of sex attacks by producer Harvey Weinstein led to the development of the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment.