Top rated Hollywood actor, Morgan Freeman, is in the midst of a sexual scandal involving 8 women who have accused him of behaving inappropriately towards them, from making sexual comments to touching them without their permission.
A new investigation, published by CNN, spoke to 16 people, and eight of them accused the Oscar-winning actor of misconduct. Some called it harassment, and others characterized it as inappropriate behavior. The eight others said they witnessed the behavior.
The incidents reportedly took place both on movie sets and at his production company, Revelations Entertainment. But none of the women reported Freeman, because they said they feared losing their jobs.
Freeman released a statement in response to the CNN report. “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” he said in a statement to Esquire.com. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
A representative for Lori McCreary, the cofounder of Revelations Entertainment, did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment. Esquire.com has reached out to a representative for McCreary.
Dozens of other people told CNN they never witnessed any inappropriate behavior from Freeman, and they only found him professional. Some people, who were asked by CNN about inappropriate workplace behavior, mentioned Morgan Freeman’s name without prompting.