LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hollywood film star Morgan Freeman apologised on Thursday (May 24) over reviews that a number of ladies accused him of sexual misconduct.
Sixteen individuals – eight of whom say they have been victims – described to CNN quite a lot of troubling habits on manufacturing units or on promotional excursions over Morgan’s profession.
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” Freeman mentioned in a press release.
“I apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”
The cable tv community quoted a younger manufacturing assistant who says Morgan harassed her over a interval of months in the summertime of 2015, whereas she was engaged on his financial institution heist comedy Going In Style.
She accuses Freeman of touching her repeatedly, resting his hand on her decrease again or rubbing her decrease again with out permission, and often making feedback about her look.
The girl mentioned Freeman, who turns 80 subsequent week, regularly tried to raise her skirt and stored asking if she was carrying underwear.
Actor Alan Arkin “made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say,” the lady mentioned.
A senior member of the Now You See Me (2013) manufacturing workers instructed CNN workforce members knew “not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms,” or any fitted garments, if Freeman was coming by them.
Freeman is the most recent in a litany of Hollywood celebrities and different high-profile public figures accused of sexual misconduct since revelations about alleged serial abuser Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo motion final 12 months.
He can also be accused of observing ladies’s breasts, asking a lady how she felt about sexual harassment and asking ladies to twirl for him.