8 women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behaviour, including sexual harassment

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  • Eight women accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behaviour in a CNN report published Thursday.
  • The accusers included Chloe Melas, a CNN reporter who cowrote Thursday’s report. She accused Freeman of subjecting her to inappropriate comments about her appearance at a press junket.
  • Altogether, CNN said it spoke with 16 people who “described a pattern of inappropriate behaviour by Freeman” on film sets, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews.

Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behaviour, including sexual harassment.

In a report published Thursday, CNN said it spoke with 16 people in a “months-long reporting process” who “described a pattern of inappropriate behaviour by Freeman” on the sets of several of his films, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews. Half of those people were women who said they had been subject to inappropriate behaviour, while the rest said they had witnessed such behaviour, according to CNN.

Freeman’s representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN before the story’s publication. Following the report, Freeman apologised in a statement to CNN, 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.”

Three reporters, including CNN’s Chloe Melas, who cowrote the report on the allegations, accused Freeman of making inappropriate comments about their appearance at press junkets.

Melas said Freeman told her during a 2017 interview when she was six months pregnant, among other comments, that “you are ripe.”

Among the five other accusers, an unnamed production assistant who worked on the set of the 2017 movie “Going in Style” said she experienced several months of sexual harassment from Freeman on the film’s set, including unwanted touching and comments.

The woman said Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” She said Freeman stopped only when Alan Arkin, his costar on the film, “made a comment telling him to stop,” after which, she said, “Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”

Read CNN’s full report here.

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