Hollywood Sex Scandals: Morgan Freeman Issues Apology Statement

Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, who was accused of sexual harassment by several women, has issued a longer statement in response to the allegations. Through his publicist Stan Rosenfield, Freeman said:

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.

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.  And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.

Morgan Freeman

 

CNN had reported that eight women said Freeman created uncomfortable work environment with frequent sexual comments and unwanted touching. On Thursday, he issued a brief apology, saying “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.”

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