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Actor Morgan Freeman, 80, is the latest famous person to be targeted by the #MeToo movement.
No less than eight women have come forward with allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior by Freeman.
What are the details of the allegations?
On Thursday, CNN reported that multiple women have come forward to accuse the long-time actor of harassment and more.
According to the outlet, 16 people came forward with various stories about Freeman, and at least eight of them made accusations against the actor. The other eight were reportedly witnesses to alleged incidents.
All of those who came forward remained anonymous, save for the report’s co-author, entertainment reporter Chloe Melas.
One such woman alleged that she was exposed to “months of harassment” from Freeman during her time as a production assistant on one of his 2015 films.
Some of her allegations included “unwanted touching” and verbal sexual harassment, as well as Freeman’s purported propensity to try and lift her skirts to see if she was wearing underwear.
Another woman reported that Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant on “numerous occasions” while making a 2012 film.
“He did comment on our bodies,” the unidentified woman said. “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.”
The outlet reported that “four people who worked in production capacities on movie sets” over the last decade described Freeman as “repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work,” and some alleged that he subjected them to “unwanted touching.”
Others Freeman reportedly targeted included entertainment reporters, like Melas.
“Three entertainment reporters who spoke to CNN said Freeman made inappropriate remarks to them during press junkets,” the report proclaimed.
Melas said that she was six months pregnant during her alleged encounter with Freeman, whom she interviewed at a press junket for 2017’s “Going in Style.”
“Freeman, in a room full of people, including his co-stars … shook Melas’ hand, not letting go while repeatedly looking her up and down and saying more than once a variation of, ‘I wish I was there,’” the report read. “[Melas] says he also said to her, ‘You are ripe.’”
According to Melas, cameras were rolling during the junket and caught Freeman’s comment of “Boy, do I wish I was there.”
Any other remarks, however, were reportedly not caught on camera.
Melas reported the incident to CNN’s human resources department, who reached out to Warner Bros. — the film distributor for “Going in Style” — and their human resources department.
Melas said that Warner Bros. could not corroborate her account of the alleged incident because “only one of Freeman’s remarks was on video and the Warner Bros. employees present did not notice anything.”
Other women accused the actor of pressing himself up against them, commenting on their bodies and outfits, and making sexually suggestive remarks.
One male interviewee also called Freeman a “creepy uncle” type.
Most women said that they did not report Freeman’s alleged behaviors because they were afraid for the security of their jobs.
CNN reported that they’d reached out to “dozens more people who worked for or with Freeman.”
“Some praised Freeman, saying they never witnessed any questionable behavior, or that he was a consummate professional on set and in the office,” a portion of the article read.
A spokesperson for Freeman did not respond to CNN’s repeated request for comment on the report, which included “a detailed list of the accusations” against the actor.
What did Freeman say?
Shortly after the CNN report went live, Freeman addressed the allegations head-on.
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” a statement from Freeman read. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
You can read the complete account of the women’s accusations here.
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