LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Veteran actor Morgan Freeman has officially joined the growing fraternity of entertainment figures accused of sexually harassing their colleagues.
According to a report in CNN, Freeman, who is 80, was accused by multiple women who allege that Freeman harrassed them, or subjected them to inappropriate behavior.
One woman, a production assistant on the 2017 movie “Going In Style” alleged that Freeman made repeated and unwanted contact with her during the shoot.
Recounting one such alleged incident, she told CNN that Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” Eventually, she said that Alan Arkin, who was a co-star on the film, stepped in to ask Freeman to stop.
Freeman’s alleged behavior was not limited to just that film. Other women told similar stories from alleged encounters with Freeman.
“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,” a production assistant from the 2012 film “Now You See Me” told CNN.
While most of the women declined to be named, CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas recounted an alleged incident with Freeman during a press junket. According to Melas, who says she was six months pregnant at the time, Freeman made numerous inappropriate remarks, including “You are ripe” and “Boy, do I wish I was there” which was caught on camera, CNN said.
In all, CNN spoke to 16 people about Freeman, eight of whom said they were harassed or who claim to have endured unwelcomed touches from the actor.
Freeman has not been charged with any crime and after the CNN report, issued a statement through his publicist saying that he never intended to make anyone feel uneasy, and apologizes to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected, the Associated Press reported.