Earlier today, (May 24) Morgan Freeman was accused by eight different women of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour.
The accusations of inappropriate behaviour include a claim from a young production assistant who alleges the 80-year-old actor attempted to lift up her skirt in 2015.
The unnamed production assistant claims fellow actor, Alan Arkin, intervened during the alleged incident on the set of bank heist movie, Going In Style.
The statement reads:
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.
Eight other women have been interviewed and claim to have also witnessed the inappropriate behaviour.
According to CNN, who revealed the claims, the Oscar-winning actor was accused of repeatedly behaving in ways which made numerous women feel uncomfortable on film sets, as well as at Revelations Entertainment – his production company.
The production assistant who claims Freeman attempted to lift up her skirt said:
[Freeman] kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.
Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.
Three entertainment reporters claim Freeman had made inappropriate remarks to them in the past, during interviews.
One of the reporters, CNN’s Chloe Melas, claims while interviewing Freeman when she was pregnant, Freeman looked her up and down numerous times before saying:
I wish I was there. You are ripe.
Another person, who was apparently a senior member of production staff on the set of Now You See Me in 2012, alleged it was common knowledge Freeman ‘harassed’ women behind the scenes.
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.
In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behaviour by Freeman.
Eight said they witnessed Freeman’s alleged conduct. These 16 people together described a pattern of inappropriate behaviour by Freeman on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment.
CNN also report Freeman’s spokesperson has yet to reply to their email with a ‘detailed list of the accusations’, despite numerous follow-ups.
One accuser, a manager at Revelations Entertainment, alleged:
[Freeman would] come over to my desk to say hi and he’d just stand there and stare at me. He would stare at my breasts.
If I ever passed him he would stare at me in an awkward way, would look me up and down sometimes stopping and just staring.
One time he stopped, looked me up and down as I walked into a room of people, and everyone burst out laughing. And I literally froze feeling very uncomfortable and one of the people in the office said, ‘Don’t worry, that’s just Morgan’.
If you’ve been affected by sexual harassment, contact End The Fear by calling 0207 251 8887 on Tuesdays between 11am to 1pm and Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.