Morgan Freeman issued a new statement regarding the latest allegations of harassment that have been made against the iconic figure. Here’s what he said.
‘I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,’ Freeman told ET on Friday, May 25.
‘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 humor,’ he continued.
A CNN report that was published this week reveals that eight women who have worked with Freeman claim that the actor subjected them to inappropriate behavior including unwanted touching and comments about their bodies.
Some of them claim that they have not reported the actor because they were afraid for their jobs.
‘I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way,’ Freeman said.
‘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,’ the actor concluded.