At the not-so-tender age of 80, actor Morgan Freeman is facing what could become the biggest challenge of his life. As the latest victim of the #MeToo movement, he now stands accused of sexual harassment. But rest assured, Freeman isn’t giving up his hard-earned reputation without a fight.
Last week, CNN released a shocking report that alleges Freeman sexually harassed female employees and reporters. At least eight women have come forward to say they were verbally or sexually harassed by the Oscar-winning actor.
According to the expose, Freeman supposedly subjected the women to inappropriate remarks about their bodies. The harassment reportedly occurred on the sets of his 2012 film Now You See Me, the 2015 film Going in Style, and at his production company Revelations Entertainment.
We’re sure you’ve probably heard or read the specific accusations by now, so we won’t bother repeating them. However, it’s worth mentioning that after CNN’s initial story began to circulate, Entertainment Tonight dug up some old interviews with Freeman.
In 2015, ET reporter Janet Mock interviewed Freeman for his film Five Flights Up at which time he commented on her dress. “I don’t know how you all manage to do that all the time,” Freeman began. “You got a dress halfway between your knee and your hips, and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs.”
Now, as poorly worded as his comment was, is this really sexual harassment?
In another video, ET correspondent Ashley Crossan interviewed Freeman for his film London Has Fallen. During that interview, he asked Crossan “Are you married?” After she replied “no,” Freeman asked, “Fool around with older guys?”
Suffice it to say, it could be argued that those questions were not appropriate.
But, as with the other interview, calling his comments sexual harassment is a stretch. And they’re certainly not egregious enough to merit the destruction of his reputation and the career he spent a lifetime building.
Especially given the fact that, aside from the video comments, there is no evidence Freeman is guilty of any wrongdoing. Although, since the #MeToo movement began, it seems proof is no longer required to render someone guilty. That is unless you’re leftist, in which case no proof of guilt will do.
In any case, the Driving Miss Daisy actor isn’t remaining silent on the controversy.