Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is the focus of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment revealed in an investigative piece published by CNN. Eight women interviewed for the piece say they were victims of the actor’s inappropriate behavior.
In all, 16 people interviewed by CNN discussed Freeman’s alleged misbehavior, describing a pattern of alleged incidents spanning much of his career.
“A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on ‘Going In Style,’ a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin,” CNN reports. “But the job quickly devolved into several months of harassment, she told CNN. She alleges that Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back, she said.
“In one incident, she said, Freeman ‘kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.’ He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again. Eventually, she said, ‘Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.'”
The report details a number of similar alleged incidents involving Freeman, who will turn 81 on June 1. Click on the link above to CNN to read the full report.
CNN adds that it “reached out to Freeman’s spokesperson for comment and then, at his request, emailed him a detailed list of the accusations against Freeman. The spokesperson did not respond to multiple follow-ups by email seeking comment on the accusations.”