Morgan Freeman has joined the list of high-profile men who have been accused of sexual harassment.
CNN spoke to eight people who said the Oscar-winner had either exhibited inappropriate behavior with them or harassed them. They also interviewed eight witnesses.
One woman, a production assistant on his 2015 film Going In Style, said that on one occasion Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” She said that Freeman “subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis,” according to CNN. The unwanted touching included rubbing on her lower back.
Some of the victims said they did not report Freeman’s behavior, which was described as a pattern, because they feared for their jobs. Some said they changed their behavior instead, such as changing the way they dressed.
The investigation began when one of the co-authors for CNN’s article said she was the recipient of inappropriate comments from Morgan. Entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, who was pregnant at the time, was at a press junket when she said Freeman told her, “You are ripe.” He also said multiple variations of “I wish I was there,” she said, one of which was caught on camera.
Melas reached out to her HR department, according to the article. CNN is owned by Time Warner, as is Warner Brothers, whose movie, Going In Style, Freeman had been promoting.
“Melas said she was also told that Warner Bros. HR could not corroborate the account because only one of Freeman’s remarks was on video and the Warner Bros. employees present did not notice anything,” CNN reports.
Some of those who were contacted for the investigation praised Freeman, saying they had not witnessed any pattern of inappropriate behavior. Others, CNN reports, knew who was being discussed before Freeman was named.
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