Morgan Freeman is the latest liberal pillar to take a hit as a parade of women have accused the actor of sexual harassment or other inappropriate conduct, and as hard as it may be for fans to believe the grandfatherly figure is capable of such behavior, an Entertainment Tonight video is sure to bring them around.
In the video, Morgan can be seen leering at women decades younger than him as he makes creepy comments, his lustful aspirations impossible to miss.
In the fist clip, after asking if she was married and receiving a negative response, Morgan asked ET correspondent Ashley Crossan, “Do you fool around with older guys?”
The actors eyes walked all over Crossan’s body in the 2016 interview, as she laughed nervously to the come on — Freeman is seen clearly fixating on her backside as she got up to leave.
In a second clip, Freeman is being interviewed by activist Janet Mock, acting as an ET special correspondent to cover his 2015 film, “Five Flights Up.”
An impressed Freeman marveled at how Mock could sit down while wearing a short dress and not reveal herself.
“I don’t know how you all manage to do that all the time,” he said.
Mock thought he was speaking of her overall appearance, but Freeman quickly set her straight.
“No, you got a dress halfway between your knee and your … hips,” he said, “and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs.”
Mock, now writing and producing for Ryan Murphy’s new FX series, “Pose,” released a statement to Entertainment Tonight on Thursday.
“This interaction is an exhibition of the casual nature at which men in positions of power believe that everything belongs to them, including women’s bodies as they’re merely just trying to do their job,” the statement said.
“For me, as a young woman of color, who is a reporter and a fan of popular culture,” she continued, “I was deeply disappointed that someone who was seen as America’s grandfather was susceptible to such disturbing behavior and felt comfortable enough to do that as cameras were rolling, and that he could take claim of my body and look at it before even looking into my eyes.”
The astonishing thing about the video clips is that Entertainment Tonight, and the women themselves sat on the story all this time — they’re reporters, for Pete’s sake!
A rather hypocritical act amid today’s #MeToo movement, but it took a CNN report out this week, where as as many as 16 women have made accusations against the 80-year-old Freeman, to expose the behaivor.
One of the women, a young production assistant, said she worked with Freeman in 2015 on “Going In Style.” She detailed several months of harassment, alleging that the actor subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing almost daily.
She described an incident where Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”
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In response to the accusations leveled against him, Freeman offered an apology in a statement.
“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.
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