One by one, the pillars on the left crumble, with the latest beginning to show serious wear being Morgan Freeman, as a parade of women accuse the liberal actor of sexual harassment or other inappropriate conduct.
One of the women, a young production assistant, said she worked with Freeman in 2015 on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, CNN reported.
The woman spoke of several months of harassment, alleging that Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing almost daily. She said the actor would place his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back, and described an incident where Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”
And the woman was not alone.
The network reported that a woman who was a senior member of the production staff of the movie “Now You See Me” in 2012 accused Freeman of sexually harassing her and her female assistant repeatedly by making comments about their bodies.
“He did comment on our bodies,” the woman told CNN. “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.”
More from CNN:
In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behavior by Freeman. Eight said they witnessed Freeman’s alleged conduct. 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.
Of those 16, seven people described an environment at Revelations Entertainment that included allegations of harassment or inappropriate behavior by Freeman there, with one incident allegedly witnessed by Lori McCreary, Freeman’s co-founder in the enterprise, and another in which she was the target of demeaning comments by Freeman in a public setting.
Freeman is a Hollywood icon and staunch supporter of Democratic candidates… like Hillary Clinton.
In fact, he put to use his considerable voice-over talents to narrate the candidate’s introductory video at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The actor is seen below discussing this effort with weeping late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel:
Freeman released a statement after the CNN article was published that fell short of denying the accusations leveled against him.
“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 statement said.
Morgan Freeman responds to a CNN report on alleged inappropriate behavior, says he would not intentionally make anyone feel "uncomfortable or disrespected" https://t.co/gy2nZ0Hf7r pic.twitter.com/7dZmOUwM4I
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 24, 2018
Here’s a quick sampling of the reaction to the late-breaking news, to include fans who just don’t want to believe the allegations:
My advice to Hollyweird,for what it's worth, ya'll better check your closets real good cause it appears your virtue signaling ain't helping keep them skeletons from climbing out. #Hypocrites https://t.co/H36I2B18O3
— Kate Crimm (@KIreneCrimm) May 24, 2018
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 24, 2018
He repeatedly tried to lift up one woman’s skirt and asked her if she was wearing underwear.
He made inappropriate comments about another woman’s body and put his hand on her lower back.
I don’t care if you think of him as “God” or your surrogate grandpa, don’t defend this man. https://t.co/mmlwseCNPF
— Brandon Evers (@BrandonEvrs) May 24, 2018
We gave y’all Bill Cosby we not giving y’all Morgan Freeman these hoes getting wild https://t.co/RZyWjsArAc
— J (@Jblohm3) May 24, 2018
I can watch this man kill someone in my face and i would still put the blame on the dead person https://t.co/OinoelDRjf
— 🦇 (@xShabba_) May 24, 2018
Black men when we find out Morgan freeman isn’t dead but it’s much worse pic.twitter.com/BkoeYnDTSr
— captain (@HCAP__) May 24, 2018
— Hunter Winn🌹🌻🐬 (@RoyalSaddler) May 24, 2018
“If the shoe fits”. Sad day, but it falls to those who are or have been abusive. https://t.co/krT8EEArC5
— Suzanne Roberts (@urbinodesign) May 24, 2018