Eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment, unwanted touching and other inappropriate behavior, including making suggestive comments about their bodies, according to an explosive report by CNN.
The network interviewed 16 people who were either subjected to the Hollywood star’s behavior or witnessed his alleged misconduct on movie sets, press junkets or working with his production company, Revelations Entertainment.
Eight of the people claimed to have been directly victimized, while eight others said they witnessed the 80-year-old Freeman’s alleged misconduct.
In one incident, a young production assistant who worked on “Going in Style,” a 2017 bank heist comedy starring Freeman, Michael Cain and Alan Arkin, said she was harassed for several months beginning in the summer of 2015.
She alleged that Freeman touched her inappropriately — including placing his hand on her lower back or rubbing it — and made creepy comments about her figure and clothing almost every day.
In one case, she told CNN, he “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear,” but he never succeeded in lifting it because she would move away — yet he would keep trying.
Eventually, “Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say,” said the woman, who was in her 20s at the time.
Another woman, who was a senior member of the production staff of “Now You See Me,” said Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant several times in 2012.
“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 told CNN.
A third woman who worked on a recent movie with Freeman recalled an incident from the wrap party.
“He was looking at my breasts, and I told him, ‘My eyes are up here.’ Then we went to take a group photo and he pressed himself up against me. It was inappropriate,” she said
Several people described a toxic environment at Revelations Entertainment, where co-founder Lori McCreary allegedly witnessed one incident. She also was the target of his demeaning comments in a public setting, according to CNN.
One of the people also alleged that McCreary uttered a discriminatory remark about a female candidate for a position at the Producers Guild of America, where McCreary is co-president.
A McCreary spokesperson did not provide answers to CNN’s questions.
Freeman’s accusers also include three entertainment reporters who claim he harassed them during interviews or press events, one of whom was Chloe Melas, the co-author of the CNN report.
Melas said she interviewed Freeman during the release “Going in Style” when she was six months pregnant.
When she shook his hand, he would not let go as he ogled her and said things like, “You are ripe” and “Boy, do I wish I was there,” she said.
Melas said she was told that CNN contacted officials at Warner Bros., which produced and distributed the movie, about the incident. She said she was told that Warner Bros. human resources officials could not corroborate her account.
In a statement to The Post about the allegations in the CNN exposé, Freeman 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.”
The bombshell allegations against the veteran actor with the iconic voice, whose career spans almost five decades, comes during the #MeToo movement — and amid a spate of recent sexual misconduct allegations leveled at those in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Freeman’s roles in flicks like “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Shawshank Redemption” made him a household name in the 1980s and 1990s. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby,” and has earned four other Academy Award nominations.
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