Morgan Freeman is in the crosshairs of the feminist movement to rid Hollywood of sexually aggressive leading men. The 80-year-old actor released a statement apologizing for having his way with 8 women.
Frreman has issued a public apology after eight women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the Hollywood veteran.
A new CNN expose details accounts of sexual misconduct from 16 people — eight of whom were reportedly victims of incidents of inappropriate behavior on the sets of his movies, including Shawshank Redemption.
The women accused the actor of harassing them on the promotional trail, and while working at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, according to WENN.com.
One young production assistant claimed the star (pictured with Katie Couric) subjected her to months of harassment by allegedly making frequent comments about her body and touching her lower back.
On one occasion, she recalls Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”
“Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop,” she told CNN. “Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”
Three reporters covering press junkets for Freeman’s movie also alleged sexual harassment, including CNN’s own Chloe Melas, who was six months pregnant when he allegedly gestured to her baby bump and said, “I wish I was there,” and “You are ripe”.
Another production staff member, who worked on Freeman’s 2012 movie Now You See Me, said she and her female assistant dressed conservatively while on set, so as not to attract unwanted attention from the Oscar winner.
“He did comment on our bodies. 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,” she explained.
Shortly after the CNN article hit headlines, Freeman issued a statement apologizing and insisting he was just being a man, and he meant no harm by his innocent jokes.
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” he declared. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”