Oscar- winning actor Morgan Freeman who has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women has now come up with a statement saying he did not create “unsafe work environment” and he did not “assault women”.
Morgan’s publicist Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement on his part that read, “I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye. All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humour.”
further, the US actor admitted that he is someone who feels a need to try to make women-and men-feel appreciated and at ease around him, “I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way,” he said.
Morgan elucidates that making women feel uncomfortable or disrespected was never his intent, “But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false,” he added.
It all started with a report by a renowned portal that has quoted multiple women, including journalists, describing troubling incidents throughout the 80-year-old actor’s career that spans nearly five decades.
A young production assistant who had worked on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin told that Morgan subjected her to 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.
Talking about one such incident she alleges that, 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.”
Another woman who was a senior member of the production staff of “Now You See Me” in 2012 claimed that Freeman’s alleged inappropriate behavior was not limited to one movie set and he continued to harass her and her female assistant by commenting about their bodies.
The reports of alleged sexual harassment against the veteran actor known for his superlative acting in movies like ‘Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ left some of his fans and followers shocked while some were not satisfied with his apology on social media.
Following are some reactions:
Sorry, Morgan Freeman.
Any apology that says “I’m sorry if you felt uncomfortable or disrespected” is a non-apology.
Anyone who narrates as much as YOU do can narrate a better apology for those 8 women.
Try again. pic.twitter.com/7lmp4lp2Dx
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 24, 2018
Any time a man accused of sexual harassment/assault “apologizes” by emphasizing the victim’s feelings rather than his own actions, it’s not a real apology. It’s basically saying “I don’t think I did anything wrong. These bitches are crazy.” Gaslighting 101 #MorganFreeman https://t.co/PIWxJbyquW
— Rebecca Bodenheimer (@rmbodenheimer) May 24, 2018
I’m not ready to hate Morgan Freeman yet. I need a lot more notice for this kind of shit. Will there be grief counseling available? #MorganFreeman
— Kage (@swissmistress) May 24, 2018
After the claims of sexual harassment by eight women, American labour union SAG-AFTRA is considering to revoke Morgan Freeman’s lifetime achievement award.