Multiple women who've previously worked with Oscar award-winning actor Morgan Freeman have admitted to being sexually harassed by the star.
Freeman's career has spanned decades and he's arguably one of the most-respected actors in Hollywood today. So, these new accusations will be a shock to many. CNN conducted an investigation where the news outlet spoke to a number of women who've said that they've faced multiple uncomfortable situations with the actor.
One of the most recent incidents occurred in 2015. A young production assistant was working on the comedy movie Going In Style, which Freeman was starring in, when she said that he would make "unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back."
The woman also claimed that Freeman would attempt lifting up her skirt and asked if she had on any underwear. The actor never successfully pulled her skirt up. Instead, the PA would move away, but he would try again. However, "Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say," CNN adds.
A next woman who served as a senior member of the production staff for Now You See Me in 2012 also spoke about Freeman's harassment. She claimed that he would comment on her and her assistant's figures. "He 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," she said.
In total,16 people spoke with CNN about Freeman. Of the 16, eight claim that they were victims of harassment from the Hollywood figure. Others recalled witnessing "inappropriate behavior" by him when he engaged with other people. "These 16 people together described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment," CNN reports.
When the news outlet reached out to Freeman's team for a statement about the allegations, they asked for a list of the accusations that were against the actor. CNN sent the list, but no one has responded back, as of yet.
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