Morgan Freeman accused of unwanted touching, harassment by multiple women (report)

Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, including allegations of “unwanted touching” and harassment.

CNN spoke to these eight women, as well as eight other people who say they witnessed Freeman’s alleged inappropriate behavior on set, while promoting his movies and also at his production company Revelations Entertainment.

A young production assistant on “Going in Style” said Freeman would make comments about her figure and clothing on a daily basis, as well as touching her back. Because of her experience, she decided to leave the movie industry. Another woman who worked on the 2012 movie “Now You See Me” said Freeman sexually harassed her and made comments about her body.

“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,” she said.

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Each of the women said they didn’t report Freeman’s behavior because they feared for their jobs. Instead, the women said they tried to come up with ways to combat the harassment on their own. Examples of that were dressing in a different way when the actor was around.

Three entertainment reporters told CNN that Freeman made inappropriate remarks to them during press junkets. CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, who was pregnant at the time, said she interviewed Freeman for “Going in Style” when he told her, “I wish I was there” and “you are ripe.” She reported what happened to CNN human resources which then involved Warner Bros., which produced and distributed the movie. Warner Bros. allegedly could not corroborate the account because only one of Freeman’s remarks was caught on video.

Former Revelations Entertainment staffers also told CNN that the company’s two founders, Freeman and Lori McCreary, created a “toxic” work environment, where female staffers were exposed to sexual comments made by Freeman.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: A view of E'Dena Hines' apartment building in the Washington Heights neighborhood on August 17, 2015 in New York City. E'Dena Hines, granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, was reportedly stabbed outside of the building on August 16, 2015 and later passed away from the injuries she sustained. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: A view of E'Dena Hines' apartment building in the Washington Heights neighborhood on August 17, 2015 in New York City. E'Dena Hines, granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, was reportedly stabbed outside of the building on August 16, 2015 and later passed away from the injuries she sustained. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: A view of the street block near E'Dena Hines' apartment building in the Washington Heights neighborhood on August 17, 2015 in New York City. E'Dena Hines, granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, was reportedly stabbed outside of the building on August 16, 2015 and later passed away from the injuries she sustained. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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One former female employee said when she met the actor, he “looked me up and down” and then asked her, “How do you feel about sexual harassment?”

“I was stunned,” she told CNN. “This is the person that I worked for, this is his company, I didn’t expect it at all … I said timidly, ‘I love it’ in a sarcastic way hoping to make light of the situation because I was so confused and then he turned to the guys on the crew … and said, ‘See guys, this is how you do it.'”

Another woman said Freeman would “come over to my desk to say hi and he’d just stand there and stare at me. He would stare at my breasts.” A male former employee said, “One time I witnessed Morgan walk up to an intern and start massaging her. The intern got visibly red and wiggled out of his grasp, it was awkward.”

Another former male Revelations staffer described, “[He’d say] things like ‘I’d like to have an hour with her’ or make vulgar and sexual comments about women. He would be verbally inappropriate and it was just shocking. You’re more shocked than anything because it’s hard to have the wherewithal to say to him ‘That’s inappropriate.’ You’re just like ‘whoa.’ It’s hard because on any set he is the most powerful person on it. It’s weird because you just don’t expect it from Morgan Freeman, someone who you respect.”

On his 79th birthday party, Revelations threw Freeman a party. A former executive told CNN that people at the party had to stand in a circle and tell the actor who they were. Then, she said Freeman would go up to the women in the circle and “stand maybe within an inch of their face and just look them up and down and not say anything, and then would move on to the next woman and he’d stand like within an inch of their face and look them up and down and not say anything, and it was really, really strange.”

According to sources who spoke to CNN, McCreary would often mock women who had to leave work early for family commitments, although she openly advocated for work-life balance.

A spokesperson for Freeman has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. TheWrap also reached out to Revelations Entertainment, Warner Bros. and McCreary.

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