US film star Morgan Freeman has apologised after facing multiple allegations of sexual advances and harassment made by eight women and several other people. The most horrifying of the allegations has been made by a production assistant who has accused her of constantly harassing her for months while shooting the of bank robbery comedy, Going in Style. Freeman has responded to the allegations with an apology to anyone who felt disrespected or uncomfortable through his actions.
The production assistant is one of the 8 woman who have come forward to complain against him. She said that the famous actor touched her in the wrong way multiple times, attempted at lifting her skirt and asked her if she was wearing any intimates underneath. She also added that he only stopped when another actor, Alan Arkin noticed and made a comment asking him to stop after which Freeman freaked out and did not know how to respond.
Freeman has issued an apology statement and said that i=he did not intend to make any woman uncomfortable by his actions or remarks. He also added that anybody who knows him or has worked with him will acknowledge the fact that he would never offend anyone intentionally. The Oscar winner also said that he was not always coming across in the manner in which he intended to. He added that he feels devastated that 80 years of his life are at risk of being undermined in a split second.
A woman who was working on the 2013 film, Now You See Me made a statement that the entire staff knew that they were not supposed to wear a revealing top or tight fitted clothes if Freeman was around. He is also said to have stared at women's breasts and asked women to twirl for him. CNN also said that it had a word with approximately 12 more people who had worked with him, out of which some praised Freeman and insisted that his behaviour was always professional.
In his second statement in response to the allegation, he said that 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 humour. He claims that he was only trying to appreciate people and make them feel at ease with his jokes and comments. He is standing by his first statement where he apologised but also said that he never compromised the safety of people he worked with, writing “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.”
7 described an environment at the company to include either harassment or inappropriate behaviour, where one of them was faced by his co-founder, Lori McCreary who claims that he made demeaning comments at her in a public setting. The famous actor is known for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy. Other accusations include 3 entertainment reporters who said that he made inappropriate remarks to them during press junkets, publicity events for reporters who cover new films. One of them, CNN reporter Chloe Melas — who co-authored the network’s expose — complained that he made inappropriate comments to her about her pregnancy while covering the release of Going in Style. Melas, 6 months pregnant at the time said that Freeman told her “I wish I was there” as he looked at her with cameras and said “You are ripe.”
He is the latest Hollywood celebrity who is facing accusations of sexual harassment after the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has led to the widespread popularity of the “Me too” campaign against sexual harassment on social media platforms.