Here’s What Morgan Freeman Said About the Sexual Misconduct Allegations From Multiple Women
It’s official. “God” is being accused of sexual harassment. In yet another string of Hollywood sexual harassment accusations, Morgan Freeman, who played God in the films Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, is being accused of inappropriate sexual misconduct by at least eight women, CNN reports.
What is Freeman accused of doing and how did he respond? Some people aren’t buying his rebuttal (page 6) and the allegations may be hurting more than just his image (page 7).
1. This is what accusers are saying
Allegations ranged from unwanted and inappropriate touching to making sexual comments about women’s bodies, according to CNN. One accuser said Freeman unsuccessfully tried to lift her skirt to see if she was wearing underwear.
Next: He created a toxic work environment too.
2. Seven witnessed this behavior at work
The environment at Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment appeared to be hostile to women too, CNN reports. At least seven individuals witnessed Freeman being inappropriate at work. Plus, the company’s co-founder, Lori McCreary personally witnessed one incident. McCreary was also the recipient of Freeman’s inappropriate comments at one point.
Next: This was the initial response from Freeman’s camp.
3. Freeman’s team had this reaction
CNN reached out to people who worked for Freeman for comment. Most said nice things about the 80-year-old star. Or said they never witnessed Freeman being inappropriate.
Freeman’s spokesperson did not respond to CNN’s request for comment, however, the star issued a statement several hours later.
Next: Did media pressure push him to do this?
4. Freeman seems confused by the accusations
When he finally responded to the allegations, he seemed baffled about why these accusations came to light.
“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 said in a statement, according to CNN.
Next: He ended the statement by saying this.
5. He concluded his statement with this comment
Although he did not admit to any wrongdoing, he concluded his statement by saying this: “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent,” CNN reports.
Next: Did he pull a Dustin Hoffman?
6. But is this a ‘sorry not sorry?’
Sometimes saying “sorry” doesn’t rate in the #MeToo environment. Dustin Hoffman’s apology was met with annoyance after he was accused of inappropriate behavior toward a 17-year-old actress in 1985, according to The Guardian. He said if the young actress felt uncomfortable, he felt bad about it.
Like Hoffman, Freeman’s apology was somewhat of a non-apology where he didn’t intend to make anyone feel uncomfortable, in a way, leaving the ownership on the victim.
Next: Media buyers are reacting.
7. Meanwhile, he’s already losing jobs
Advertisers acted swiftly as a Canadian company, Translink metro system, discontinued a partnership with Freeman over the allegations, NBC News reports. Visa is also distancing itself from Freeman, according to The Sun.
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