Morgan Freeman has had several complaints of workplace harassment made against him and has now spoken out to apologise for making anyone feel “uneasy”.
The Oscar-winning actor has been accused by four women of making them feel uncomfortable at work and it has been alleged that in one case, he attempted to lift a production assistant’s skirt when he was working on 2017’s ‘Going In Style’. Three women also claimed that he had made comments publicly about their choice of clothing or their body but said they did not report it at the time as they were worried about losing their jobs.
One production assistant – who worked on 2012’s ‘Now You See Me’ – said: “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.”
Another woman – who worked at Revelations Entertainment, which Freeman co-founded – says she felt “uncomfortable” in the office.
She added to CNN: “If I ever passed him he would stare at me in an awkward way, would look me up and down sometimes stopping and just staring. One time he stopped, looked me up and down as I walked into a room of people, and everyone burst out laughing. And I literally froze feeling very uncomfortable and one of the people in the office said, ‘Don’t worry, that’s just Morgan.'”
All in all, eight women alleged that they were subjected to workplace harassment and following these allegations, Freeman has issued a statement to apologise for making anyone feel “uneasy”.
He said: “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 apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”