American actor Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexual harassment by several women according to a report from CNN.
According to a six-month investigation by Chloe Melas, the behavior ranged “from unwanted touching to suggestive comments that made women feel uncomfortable”. It all began when Melas was sent to cover a publicity event for Megan Freeman’s “Going in Style” film. According to Melas, who was pregnant at the time, the 80-year-old actor “looked her up and down and made several remarks along the lines of “I wish I was there”, which was captured on video”.
The incident with Melas was not isolated, according to 15 other sources who spoke to CNN. A female senior member of the production staff of the movie “Now You See Me” in 2012 told CNN that the actor sexually harassed several female staff “by making comments about their bodies”. “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,” she said..
Freeman is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, with a movie career that spans almost five decades! After the allegations were made public by the media, Freeman issued a statement and said: “I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.”
“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.
“I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.
“Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.
“But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”