Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has issued an apology to anyone who felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behaviour.
The eighty-year-old actor was the subject of a CNN report yesterday in which multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour on movie sets and in other professional settings over the years.
In a statement sent by his publicist, Stan Rosenfield, he says: “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 apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
The report included the account of a production assistant on last year’s “Going In Style” who detailed an incident in which the actor repeatedly tried to lift up her skirt, and asked if she was wearing underwear. He also reportedly subjected her to unwanted touching and comments on a near-daily basis on the film.
Other women alleged he made frequent comments about their bodies, or would stare at them in ways that made them uncomfortable. In all, eight said they had experienced harassment or inappropriate behaviour, and eight said they had witnessed such conduct.
Seven of the group said this behavior took place at his production company Revelations Entertainment. Three were entertainment reporters, including the co-author of the article who described an incident in which he wouldn’t let go of her hand as he eyed her up and down and said a variation of ‘you are ripe’ amongst other things more than once.