The veteran actor has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from eight different women.
Morgan Freeman is the latest Hollywood star accused of sexual harassment and misconduct, and Twitter lit up immediately with responses ranging from shock to outrage.
In a CNN report published Thursday, a woman who worked as a production assistant on the 2015 film "Going in Style" alleges that the actor subjected her to unwanted touching and inappropriate comments throughout the shoot. She even claims at one point he tried to lift her skirt and asked if she was wearing underwear.
CNN spoke with other women who'd worked with Freeman on other sets during a months-long investigation, following the alleged harassment of one of its own reporters, and found similar stories of inappropriate behavior. A senior member of the production staff on the 2012 film "Now You See Me" said of 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."
One production assistant on "The Dark Knight" explained why she didn't report the behavior she witnessed. "Had it been somebody else on the crew... I would feel comfortable reporting them because I wouldn't feel like my job would be in danger by reporting them, but if you report somebody like Morgan Freeman that the movie would lose a lot of money by replacing them or getting them in trouble, then you're the trouble maker and you'll get fired because you're just a PA."
CNN spoke with dozens of people who'd worked with Freeman, with 16 coming forward. Of them, eight described themselves as victims of Freeman's harassment, with the other half saying they'd witnessed his alleged behavior. Many of the others the network spoke with said they'd never witnessed any inappropriate behavior.
In a statement to TMZ, Morgan 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 apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected -- that was never my intent."
See the disappointment flooding Twitter in wake of the allegations below.
Today feels like a good day to remind everyone that I am not the actor.— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) May 24, 2018
Checking twitter to see Morgan Freeman trending and thinking he died but then you find out why he’s really trending pic.twitter.com/U6iapaVxTF— Illmade (@BAkujiL) May 24, 2018
Me after seeing why Morgan Freeman is trending pic.twitter.com/oNudIwf9wz— 🍁 (@EUniversee) May 24, 2018
Morgan Freeman: I didn’t treat women inappropriately.— Bob Phillips (@BobTheSuit) May 24, 2018
Morgan Freeman: He treated a lot of women inappropriately.
Morgan Freeman tried to buy Lifetime. Stay woke— Asshole Of The Year (@Bdell1014) May 24, 2018
ah come on man not Morgan Freeman !! pic.twitter.com/ozx6hbe8PF— rasheed. (@heythatsrasheed) May 24, 2018
Morgan Freeman? Great. There goes our other, more credible president.— Drew Emery (@InlawsOutlaws) May 24, 2018
Going to dive into fiction now to cleanse my palate...
*checks to see why Morgan Freeman is trending* pic.twitter.com/X0vBuLNh80— Mary E. Gilmore (@maryegilmore) May 24, 2018
me feeling relieved that morgan freeman ain’t dead but then finding out why he’s actually trending pic.twitter.com/rGdE8kRUt9— ⚡️ (@uItrasoftIy_) May 24, 2018
*See’s Morgan Freeman trending*: 🤞🏻please don’t be dead also please let it not be that he sexually assaulted someone🤞🏻— Josh Neiman (@onceAwalker89) May 24, 2018
“Eight people have come forward accusing Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment”: pic.twitter.com/kOjcPtBY20
When you’re stunned by the Morgan Freeman news but also remember that he boned his step-grandkid pic.twitter.com/jmYIFzEFPO— Trey Rowland (@trey_rowland59) May 24, 2018
Checking twitter to see— Mike Loftus (@MikeLoftus_) May 24, 2018
Morgan Freeman trending
and thinking he died, but then
you find out why he’s really trending pic.twitter.com/Ff7BxZUSbp
Morgan freeman accused of sexual ha... pic.twitter.com/FqvlzMAOb6— shay 🍭 (@__0481) May 24, 2018
When you see why Morgan Freeman is trending pic.twitter.com/6TCaa4v12H— roxxy haze (@iamroxxyhaze) May 24, 2018
Me: Morgan Freeman is trending. I hope he's ok....— just plain beth 🎀 (@whoawhut) May 24, 2018
Morgan Freemen voice over: He wasn't ok. Not. At. All.
Morgan Freeman got me like pic.twitter.com/2Ug5Y7Abz7— domestiqué white (@dogsliveforever) May 24, 2018
Me after checking why Morgan Freeman is trending pic.twitter.com/6UXbhCb1Hs— chels (@QueeenChels__) May 24, 2018
I just don’t see Morgan Freeman doing this. I just can’t. Not saying he didn’t but if y’all crucify this man like y’all did Bill Cosby. I need y’all to do the same to Trump, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein and all the others.— 豪華な写真家 (@DaeLuciano) May 24, 2018
"Morgan Freeman is accused of..."— Mayo, not Mayo (@realfacade1) May 24, 2018
I know Morgan Freeman would never do any--
"...sexual harassment." pic.twitter.com/TIqkcetG9Y
Me seeing why Morgan Freeman is trending pic.twitter.com/5wdBG9yW9J— Ash (@siahash) May 24, 2018
Really Morgan Freeman too? I can't believe it. pic.twitter.com/KiDaS6tZpk— mrshaircrazy (@mrshaircrazy) May 24, 2018
Morgan Freeman 😔 pic.twitter.com/TcDQuWjcxl— John Connor Coulston (@jccoulston) May 24, 2018
When "Morgan Freeman" is trending and you think he's been called to the upper room, but it's because of alleged sexual assault:— Run D-N-T (@jamesonkincaid) May 24, 2018
...I need a damn nap pic.twitter.com/YnP8tgfNss
Morgan Freeman getting accused of misconduct from 8 different women?!? pic.twitter.com/vDu99c646i— JP (@Jaypee_Toomuch) May 24, 2018
I...not Morgan Freeman pic.twitter.com/moD7vefDMV— BΔK (@MrBeyonceFan) May 24, 2018
Good Lord, Morgan Freeman. pic.twitter.com/ic5y5o9f1W— L. Brothers (@LBrothersMedia) May 24, 2018
*woke up, checks twitter, sees Morgan Freeman trending, clicks & sees why he is trending* pic.twitter.com/TRNHQflPA8— Miggs Rosales (@miggsrosales) May 24, 2018