Morgan Freeman: I Did Not Assault Women
Morgan Freeman is seen in this picture attending the 2018 SeriousFun Children’s Network Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 21, 2018 in New York City – Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America.
Morgan Freeman has said that he “did not assault women” as he issued a second statement in response to allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior.
The 80-year-old Hollywood star was accused of repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable on film sets and at his production company Revelations Entertainment, in an investigation by CNN.
The actor had initially apologized to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected” following the reports.
In a fresh statement, Freeman said that he is “devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye” due to the reports on Thursday.
Morgan Freeman said: “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.
“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.
“Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended.”
Morgan Freeman said that the reported misinterpretation of his actions is “why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.”
He added: “But I also want to be clear: 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.
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