Morgan Freeman’s lawyer has demanded a retraction and apology from CNN over its story accusing the actor of sexual harassment.
In a letter sent directly to Jeff Zucker and obtained by TheWrap, Freeman’s attorney accused the cable news channel of defamation.
“It is clear that CNN has defamed Mr. Freeman,” one of the most damning paragraphs reads. “CNN has inflicted serious injury on his reputation and career. At a minimum, CNN immediately needs to issue a retraction and apologize to Mr. Freeman through the same channels, and with the same level of attention, that it used to unjustly attack him on May 24. CNN also needs to retract the portions of the story that concern Lori McCreary and apologize to her for defaming and injuring her.”
The law firm of Irell & Manella LLP accused the Turner-owned network and its website of “malicious intent, falsehoods, slight-of-hand, an absence of editorial control, and journalistic malpractice” with this particular story.
CNN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the memo.
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