Morgan Freeman has come forward and apologised after eight women accused him of sexually inappropriate behaviour. The women include staff from movie sets, employees of his production company, and journalists who worked with him, and came to light after CNN launched an investigation.
One of the women told CNN that during the filming of Going in Style Mr Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”
As part of their investigation multiple sources have identified Mr Freeman as harassing, and consistently inappropriate. He regularly touched women without their consent and often made inappropriate comments about women’s clothing and their bodies, all of which occurred at his production company, Revelations Entertainment.
16 women come forward to allege sexual harassment by Morgan Freeman https://t.co/M0nLysSE0E— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 24, 2018
Another woman, a journalist who interviewed Mr Freeman while pregnant, alleges that he looked her up and down and said, “wish I was there” and later also said that she was “looking ripe”.
Now in a statement to the press Morgan Freeman has apologised for his behaviour, saying:
“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 apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent.”
This makes Morgan Freeman just one of the latest high-profile male celebrities to find themselves caught out by the MeToo movement which has been a large scale attempt by many in Hollywood to address widespread sexism and sexual exploitation.
Morgan Freeman apologizes after multiple women accuse actor of sexual harassment https://t.co/WuxRfR5jgy— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 24, 2018
So far major celebrities like Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, James Franco, Jeffrey Tambor, and Harvey Weinstein have all found themselves and their careers upended by the movement as tales of their behaviour have come to light.
In the case of some, this even extends to rape and sexual assault. Earlier this year one actress spoke at the Cannes festival and told of how it was Harvey Weinstein’s “hunting grounds” and that he had raped her at the festival years earlier when she was only 21.
Meanwhile Morgan Freeman’s accusations haven’t got anywhere near that far, and chances are that given his apology he will likely weather this turbulence much like Jeffrey Tambor or James Franco who have otherwise seen their careers remain intact.