Friday 16 November, 2018

Multiple women claim Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct

Eight women have come forward to accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment, describing a pattern of inappropriate comments and unwanted touching, described in a news exclusive by CNN. 

Chloe Melas, one of the article's co-writers, said that the decorated actor made lecherous comments to her during an on-camera during an interview in front of his costars. Several men and women corroborated the pattern of allegations to the news network.

Melas also said that Freeman made inappropriate comments even while when she was six months pregnant at a press junket.  He allegedly kept telling her, in front of cameras, "I wish I was there" and "you are ripe." Freeman's co-stars Alan Arkin and Michael Caine were present at the time. 

A senior production staffer for Now You See Me also said that Freeman harassed her, saying, "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."

Freeman allegedly even commented on the body of the co-founder of his production company, Revelations Entertainment, Lori McCreary. In front of 400 people at a producers' conference, Freeman said: "She wants to be thought of as serious, but you can't get away from the short dresses." He later dismissed the comment during an interview, saying, "It was just something I said in jest when I first met her; it was more than 20 years ago. How is this news?"

Revelations employees recalled Freeman allegedly making comments to women like, "I'd like to have an hour with her." "You're just like, 'Whoa,'" one man told CNN. "It's hard because on any set, he is the most powerful person on it. It's weird because you just don't expect it from Morgan Freeman, someone who you respect."

"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman responded in a statement after the publication of the allegations. "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent."

Other Revelations employees said that a number of similar incidences occurred with no formal resolution, mainly because women feared retaliation. One woman recalled Freeman looking her up and down and asking her, "How do you feel about sexual harassment?" She told CNN that when she sarcastically replied she loved it, he turned to crew members and said, "See guys, this is how you do it."

Other women reported he would stare at their breasts. A male employee described him as acting like a "creepy uncle," pointing to a time when he allegedly massaged a female intern's shoulder. Other men claimed they'd seen Freeman ask women to twirl.