Morgan Freeman has apologised to a group of women who have made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against the Hollywood star.
Eight women have accused Freeman of harrassment and inappropriate behaviour, according to CNN.
One alleged victim, who got a job as a production assistant on the set of 2017’s Going In Style, a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, said she was subjected to months of harassment at the hands of Freeman, including unwanted touching and comments about her figure.
Freeman has now issued a statement to Sky News 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 apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”
A senior production staffer for on the 2013 movie Now You See Me also claimed the actor harassed her and her co-workers with observations about their bodies.
Revelations Entertainment, founded in 1996, produced the Freeman vehicle Along Came A Spider and CBS’ Madam Secretary, among other projects. Yet former employees said that despite the company’s success, there was no formal human resources department and many incidents occurred unchecked – partially because the women feared retaliation.
Freeman’s career started in the 1960s, but he became a box-office hit after the success of Driving Miss Daisy and Lean On Me in 1989. Since then, he has starred in films such as Se7en, Invictus and he won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Million Dollar Baby.