From Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, Dustin Hoffman, James Toback to Kevin Spacey and James Franco, several men from Hollywood have been accused of sexual assault and harassment. But none would have suspected that the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, and the clamour around sexual harassment in showbiz would one day also lead us to the doors of Oscar-winning actor-filmmaker Morgan Freeman.
In a shocking revelation, an investigation by a leading Hollywood news portal unmasked the scandal wherein Freeman allegedly 'sexually harassed' multiple women. Amid claims of sexual misconduct, the Shawshank Redemption star has publicly apologized to 'who felt uncomfortable or disrespected' by him. The apology comes right in time after supposed victims of his inappropriate behaviour went public with their accusations.
"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," a statement issued by a representative of Freeman read. "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent."
A young production assistant, who worked with Freeman on his 2015 bank heist comedy Going In Style co-starring Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, claimed she was a victim of several months of harassment through the hands of the actor. In her conversation with the portal, she claimed that Freeman repeatedly ‘touched her without permission, resting his hand on her lower back or rubbing her lower back, and frequently made comments about her figure and clothing.’
In another incident from the sets of Now You See Me, a senior production staff memeber alleged, as told to the news portal, Freeman “did comment on our bodies… We knew that if he was coming by … not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that (were) fitted.”