A total of eight women have come forward with accusations against Morgan Freeman, claiming misconduct and sexual harassment.
An in-depth report details conversations with 16 people who have been worked for or alongside the actor in the last several of decades. According to CNN, eight of these individuals have come forward as having been subjected to Freeman's behavior, while the other eight claim to have witnessed the alleged incidents. These conversations paint a picture of an unsettling pattern of inappropriate behavior on the part of the actor.
The accounts published by CNN include member of the press and production crews on films Freeman was involved with, as well as several people employed by his production company, Revelations Entertainment. CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, the co-author of the article, had her own story involving the actor. She claims that during a press junket interview for Going in Style, the actor said, while shaking her hand and looking at her body up, "I wish I was there." Cameras were rolling when Freeman later told Melas, "Boy, do I wish I was there." Melas claims the actor also told her, "You are ripe." Melas and her supervisor agreed not to cover the movie.
Warner Bros. confirmed to CNN that what Melas said was indeed accurate, but declined to comment further.
Another incident was detailed by a production assistant who worked on the film Going in Style during the summer of 2015. She claims Freeman continually touched her without her permission, rubbing her lower back, and frequently commented on her clothing and figure. The production intern detailed one incident in which Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing any underwear." After co-star Alan Arkin made a comment "telling him to stop," Freeman allegedly "got freaked out and didn't know what to say."
The report details multiple accounts of employees of Revelations Entertainment both past and present. One of the more upsetting incidents involved a former employee on the set of Through the Wormhole in which Freeman allegedly looked the employee "up and down" and asked her, "How do you feel about sexual harassment?"
"I was stunned," she told CNN. "This is the person that I worked for, this is his company, I didn't expect it at all ... I said timidly, 'I love it' in a sarcastic way hoping to make light of the situation because I was so confused and then he turned to the guys on the crew...and said, 'See guys, this is how you do it.'"
Additional accounts by employees at Revelation Entertainment involve a man who claims to have witnessed Freeman giving a young female intern an unprompted one-handed back massage. The woman was "visibly red and wiggled out of his grasp," according to the former male employee, "it was awkward."
A writer on Madam Secretary said that some incidents of Freeman's inappropriate behavior came around the time that #MeToo began trending, and that they and other Madam Secretary writers joked, "Morgan would be the next person to be called out."
Freeman's Revelations co-founder, Lori McCreary was once on the receiving end of Freeman's commentary, which often centered on women's clothing choices. In front of 400 people at a conference with McCreary, Freeman said, "She had on a dress cut to here. She wants to be thought of as a serious. But you can't get away from the short dress."
Freeman later claimed, on the Today show, that what he said was "in jest." However, a former Relations executive revealed to CNN that McCreary was "clearly upset," and he believed she "found it hurtful and embarrassing."
Freeman's representation had not replied to CNN's request for comment ash the time of the story's publication.