Weinstein Syndrome: 8 Women Accused Morgan Freeman of Sexual Harassment and He Already Was Dropped From Marketing Campaigns

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Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment, according to report by CNN on Thursday. 

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One more Weinstein? 

Morgan Freeman, 80, one of the most celebrated actors in the film industry, has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, according to a report by CNN on Thursday. The accusations ranged from unwanted touching to sexually suggestive comments — on movie sets, in office environments and during meetings with the news media.

An article on CNN’s website said that the network had spoken with 16 people, eight of whom accused Mr. Freeman of inappropriate behavior and eight witnesses.

Most of the women spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity and said they had not complained about Mr. Freeman’s behavior because they feared for their jobs.

Victims’ stories

CNN’s investigation into Freeman’s behavior came after the news company’s own entertainment reporter, Melas, claimed to have experienced harassment from the Oscar winner during a press junket interview for Going in Style.

She alleged that, in a room full of people that included his co-stars Arkin and Michael Caine, Freeman shook her hand and repeated a variation of “I wish I was there.” She also claimed that he said to her, “You are ripe.”

Cameras were rolling and recorded Freeman telling Melas, “Boy, do I wish I was there.” His other comments were not caught on film.

One production assistant told CNN that she had endured several months of harassment while working on the set of “Going in Style,” a film released last year starring Mr. Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine. She said that on one occasion Mr. Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear,” until Mr. Arkin told Mr. Freeman to stop. There were also suggestive comments and unwanted touching, such as putting his hand on her back.

Another woman described as a senior member of the production staff of “Now You See Me,” a 2013 movie, said Mr. Freeman would routinely comment on her physical appearance and that of her assistant.

Three reporters said that Mr. Freeman made inappropriate comments to them during publicity events to promote coming films. One reporter, Chloe Melas of CNN, said that, during an interview last year about “Going in Style,” when she was six months pregnant, Mr. Freeman looked her up and down and told her, “You are ripe.” A camera caught Mr. Freeman saying “Boy, do I wish I was there,” directed toward Ms. Melas. CNN aired the with the remark on Thursday.

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Freeman apologized 

When reached by The Hollywood Reporter, Freeman provided the following statement in a statement: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

Representatives for Freeman and Revelations Entertainment did not respond to requests for comment beyond the statement.

How the scandal influenced Freeman’s career

Taught by the previous scandal with Weinstein, at least two organizations have already decided to drop Morgan Freeman after eight women accused him of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment.

TransLink, Vancouver’s public transit system, also decided to stop using Freeman’s voice as part of an ad campaign to promote its Visa credit card and mobile payments on bus and Skytrain operations.

“In light of information we’ve learned … of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign on our transit system,” the transit system said a statement. “We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”

In response to the allegations, Visa also announced it had suspended him from its marketing campaign. “We are aware of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Freeman. At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured,” Visa said in a statement.


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