So I had to run out for a bit and was obviously not checking Twitter, so when I finally logged in and saw Morgan Freeman trending, my heart about dropped into my stomach.
I thought the worst, that he was dead.
Luckily that was not the case, but the news is, his career might be dead.
The acting legend has been accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment by a young production assistant while working on the movie “Going in Style” A bank heist comedy starring Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.
In one incident, she said, Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again. Eventually, she said, “Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”
Freeman’s alleged inappropriate behavior was not limited to that one movie set, according to other sources who spoke to CNN. A woman who was a senior member of the production staff of the movie “Now You See Me” in 2012 told CNN that Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant on numerous occasions by making comments about their bodies.
“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.
You can read the whole CNN story here:
16 people in all, have come forward as a part of this investigation. Of those 16, 7 people have described an environment at Revelations Entertainment, that include allegations of inappropriate behavior and harassment.
Four people who worked in production capacities on movie sets with Freeman over the last ten years described him as repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work. Two, including the production assistant on “Going in Style” whose skirt he allegedly attempted to lift, said Freeman subjected them to unwanted touching. Three said he made public comments about women’s clothing or bodies. But each of them said they didn’t report Freeman’s behavior, with most saying it was because they feared for their jobs. Instead, some of the women — both on movie sets and at Revelations — said, they came up with ways to combat the alleged harassment on their own, such as by changing the way they dressed when they knew he would be around.
CNN reached out to Freeman’s spokesperson for comment, and then at his request, sent a list of the allegations to him. The spokesperson did not respond to multiple follow up emails.
After CNN’s article was released though, the man himself, Morgan Freeman has responded:
Freeman released a statement in which he said, “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.”
Looks like Time’s up for Mr. Freeman.
Is anyone surprised by this? You might be if you hadn’t heard that Morgan Freeman had secret affair with step-granddaughter news that came out earlier this year.
You can’t depend on any of these celebrities to NOT disappoint. The fact is, we don’t know them and they are NOT the characters they play, or the fun personality they show on Late Night talk shows or commercials.
I guess they’ll end showing that Mountain Dew, the new Dew Ice commercial 1000 times a night during the NBA playoffs, which will probably be the only good thing to come out of all of this. Sorry, but I am sick of hearing that damn Missy Elliot song. Love her, sick of the song. #sorrynotsorry
So what are your thoughts about this story?
Are you shocked, disappointed? Do you think Morgan Freeman’s next foray should be narrating porno films? Let me know in the comments.