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.
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.