Enquirer: Morgan Freeman had decade-long affair with step-granddaughter

Morgan Freeman and his wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, are shown at the after party for “The Country Girl” at Tavern On the Green in NY on 4/17/08. Credit: WENN

This is just… gross. I want to believe this isn’t true… but the National Enquirer has been getting some of these stories right lately. So, here goes. The National Enquirer is reporting that Morgan Freeman has been engaged in a decade-long affair with his step-granddaughter. The 27-year-old woman’s name is E’Dena Hines and she’s not related to him by blood. She is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, and Morgan and his second wife, Myrna, helped to raise E’Dena when she was little.

The Enquirer’s sources are saying that Morgan’s affair with E’Dena is what ended his marriage to Myrna. When Morgan first began putting the moves on her, E’Dena went to Myrna and told her what had happened – that E’Dena and Morgan had gone to dinner, got a little drunk, and that Morgan had tried to have sex with her. When Myrna confronted Morgan, he promised it would never happen again. And yet, shortly afterward, Morgan and E’Dena started their decade-long affair. E’Dena was even Morgan’s date for several public events – but she was always introduced as his granddaughter:

WORLD EXCLUSIVE BOMBSHELL: Oscar winner’s Morgan Freeman’s decade-long affair with his step – GRANDDAUGHTER, a family insider told The ENQUIRER.

Morgan Freeman has been having a nearly decade-long affair with his step-granddaughter – a scandalous charge that has emerged in the bitter divorce battle between the acclaimed actor and his wife Myrna, says a source.

The relationship between the 72-year-old actor with step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines, 27, began when she was a teen, the source told The ENQUIRER exclusively. The alleged affair not only contributed to his split from Myrna, his wife of 25 years, it also led to his breakup with his longtime mistress, former schoolteacher Mary Joyce Hays.

E’Dena is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, and was raised by Morgan and Myrna “since she was a little girl,” the source told The ENQUIRER.

“Myrna said E’dena told her that when she was a teenager, she and Morgan went to dinner at a friend’s house one evening. Both had been drinking, and when they returned home, Morgan attempted to have sex with her. They stopped just short of having intercourse,” the source, a close family insider, told The ENQUIRER.

“E’Dena explained to Myrna that she stopped Morgan from going any further.”

Myrna confronted Morgan, and he agreed to leave E’Dena alone – but unbeknownst to Myrna, the relationship continued for years, said the source.

E’Dena has also been Morgan’s escort to several public events, including last summer’s premiere of the blockbuster Bat-flick hit, The Dark Knight.

“Nobody thought anything of it, because she would be introduced as his ‘granddaughter.’ The family insider divulged.

“It’s not technically incest, because they are not related by blood…[but] Morgan is trying desperately to keep his divorce out of open court so all the shameful facts won’t become public.”

[From The National Enquirer]

It sounds like the National Enquirer’s sources are coming from Myrna’s camp, doesn’t it? The best situation – in my mind – would be if this was some sort of sick ploy by some clever divorce lawyer. But I’m really afraid there might be something to it. If E’Dena is 27 years old now, and they have engaged in an “affair” for ten years, that means she and Morgan were having sex since she was seventeen. Add to that the fact that Morgan and E’Dena are related by marriage and that he helped raise her since she was a kid, and I just don’t see any way that this young woman isn’t some sort of victim who is most likely really screwed up over this whole situation. I’m truly praying that the Enquirer has it wrong.

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  1. Cinderella says:

    Can I throw up now? This is some serious Woody Allen crap.

  2. Lori says:

    I was waiting for you guys to write this one up. I am in complete shock.

  3. Mairead says:

    E’Dena… *twitch*… unfortunate situation aside; E-apostrophe-Dena… *twitch*.

    Poor girl never stood a chance *twitch twitch*

  4. msanthropist says:


    Oh Morgan … Say it ain’t so…

  5. Raven says:

    It looks like he and Jack Nicholson may have had a lot more in common than I thought.

  6. Lori says:

    “Poor girl never stood a chance”

    Mai what do you mean?

    I’m not ready to believe he did this just yet! Can anyone here picture Morgan Freeman as a predator?

  7. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Oh yukkity yuk. I hope this isn’t true.

  8. Joolzz says:

    @mairead: I started twiching too!!! lol

  9. Lem says:

    This is one of those things I seriously seriously wish I could unread. shudder

    I’m gonna never open a Morgan Freeman post again. I have twice now and it disturbs me. I really had no idea and I’m immediately going back to playing dumb.
    72 & 27 ? ugh what’s that 62 & 17? double ugh. A wife, a mistress and a grand-daughter. la-la-la I can’t hear you…………………say it ain’t so…. la la la (Lem now throwing tantrum on the floor) la la la na na na waa waa waa

  10. Trey says:

    I really hope that this is not turning into some fad, having sex with relations i.e. Shia LaDouche.

  11. Chicamorena says:

    I’ll believe this if it is verified by another source that is not a gossip tabloid. The National Enquirer has a pretty good track record when it comes to politicians (John Edwards comes to mind), because they know if they print bullshit about a politician they will get sued out the wazoo. But their track record about celebrities is about as accurate as In Touch, meaning it’s pretty lousy. For the time being, I’m putting this one on the back burner.

  12. Mairead says:

    Lori; that name is abuse in itself!

    Maybe my stomach isn’t churning at this story as I’m sick to the back teeth of these “wise old owl” roles he’s been doing for years and have never let myself be fooled into thinking that he is the characters he plays?

    For the record – I don’t approve of a 60-something messing around with a teenager full stop.

  13. fizXgirl314 says:

    oh man this is sick sick sick!!! i knew something strange had to be going on! a woman doeesn’t just pick up and leave morgan freeman after so long unless something terrible was just unearthed… yuck!

  14. Iggles says:

    That’s disgusting. I loss all respect for Morgan Freeman!!! Which, isn’t must because his simplistic view on racism long made me view him as a hollow shell.

  15. Lori says:

    Really? I kind of bought it! I really kind of always had a soft spot for this guy. =(

  16. Orangejulius says:

    Holy crap! Now, that got my attention. ‘Wise old owl’ roles indeed. And in his biggest role ever, life, he fails.

  17. geronimo says:

    Also waiting for a more reliable and possibly less salacious source. I like him, admire him as an actor and, from his many interviews, as a person. Not writing him off just yet…..

  18. drica says:

    i don’t give a fuck he’s a great actor that’s what matters for me but if her security was in danger well… a little sick…

  19. debra says:

    Well lets hang him now.. Then we can find out later if it is true..

    I mean that is how it works. If a Tab prints a story run with it and ruin the persons life.. then in time if it is NOT TRUE.. well what does that matter.. It makes a great story for gossip.

  20. fizXgirl314 says:

    debra, if you equate a few comments on a gossip site to a hanging… then i think you’re gonna have a rough life ahead of you…

    this kind of sucks that it’s coming out so late… now that he’s a gazillionaire and set for life… what sort of retribution will he face? none… and that sucks…

  21. Linda says:

    Please say this isn’t so – this is beyond gross!!! I never thought I would say this – but this tops Woody Allen!

    Shame, I enjoyed Morgan’s movies but I’ll never watch another movie with him in it.

  22. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Yo Debra – don’t mean to p1ss on your party but this is a ‘gossip website’.

    We gossip first and ask questions later.

    If you don’t like judging someone entirely based on how they look in a photo, random soundbites taken completely out of context or stories from anonymous sources, less than illustrious tabloids and hearsay then I’m afraid to tell you that you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere. This is pretty much the opposite place to where you want to be.

  23. wow says:

    In todays world we have Fathers who rape their daughters and Mothers who rape their sons, so this wouldn’t surprise me. However, its a very serious allegation and one I’m not going to even try to accuse of being correct about Morgan Freeman until there is some serious proof. Thus far, its only hear-say …or read-say.

    And its really sad to see people say they aren’t going to watch his movies etc just based on a report from a tabloid when nothing has been proven. None of the parties mentioned in the article have even made a statement confirming or denying this allegation, so why the rush to automatically assume its true?

  24. Lem says:

    well played Zoe well played

  25. TaylorB says:

    I hope, as it seems all of us do, that this isn’t true.

  26. RobN says:

    This is the kind of story that will get you sued if it isn’t true. The Enquirer has a decent source or they wouldn’t go this far. Note they didn’t hide behind some sort of ambiguous phrase such as inappropriate relationship; they went right for affair. This doesn’t look good.

  27. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Thanks Lem – don’t want people thinking that no idle gossip goes on here. That’s our business and I’m proud of us.

    Rushing to judgement is what we do.

  28. Codzilla says:

    debra: Why are you here if you’re so appalled by the nature of gossip? These sites are just online tabs, after all, so you’re contributing to the machine you pretend to despise by visiting.

    Edit: Didn’t see Zoe’s comment before I posted. But yeah, what she said.

  29. Giz says:

    Wow, if this is true, I’ve lost all respect for him. I’ll be boycotting his films from now on. Maybe he should consider work in Europe just like Woody. Ka-pooie!

  30. Lem says:

    I, for one, don’t really want to see any proof. Gross!

    But I’ll gladly gossip over the denials when and if they hit.
    (oh wait, this is the last Freeman post I’m opening)
    CB please tag denials as safe for me to open. There are somethings a girl just doesn’t need to know. Alex Cross being scum is one of those.

  31. H says:

    If this is true that is just gross.

  32. FLO says:

    Shades of Woody Allen, sick sick sick.

  33. dubdub2000 says:

    Nooooooo! Not Morgan Freeman! Darn it! Well this explains why he’s such good buddies with our budy Clint who,is a total geriatric man whore also, except that at least he picks them legal and not somehow related to him.
    God, I hope they have it wrong, but it’s sounding like one of those legit NE pieces. CRAAAAP! This is so incredibly gross.

  34. star woman says:

    If this story is true, all he has to do is make a sincere public apology then we will forgive him and he’ll go on making movies that we will go see, right? This is what usually happens when our “stars” make mistakes…..Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Hugh Grant, Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Michael Richards, R. Kelly, etc.

  35. Lem says:

    star woman I don’t know about you but the last Tom Cruise movie I saw was Top Gun and I have yet to hear him apologise for being a pint sized zealot
    Hugh Grant didn’t offend me any by being blown by a ho.
    and nope can’t say I forgotten or forgiven or supported any of the others.

  36. the original kate says:

    the ick heard round the world.

  37. danielle says:

    There are some things I find out about an actor that makes me no longer able to watch their movies. A good example would be something like this. If this is not true Freeman I hope sues the N. E.’s butts off.

  38. Rosanna says:

    Sounds like Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn 🙁

  39. jaudicemachine says:

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.


  40. maritza says:

    How sick is that? For God’s sake he raised her, isn’t anything sacred anymore?

  41. sickofit says:

    i think there are many hollywood actors having some dead bodies in the backyard.
    i think hes a good actor but thats all.
    personally i think the story’s true, no one makes something like this up?
    pretty sad though

  42. hello... says:

    yeah, it’s true!

  43. Any Mous says:

    I just can’t get past the “icky” factor on this. Surely someone with his prestige in Hollywood could step outside the family if he’s going to step out.

    I mean, he was a true grandfather to her. Although technically not incest, it is only a technicality.


  44. Gigohead says:

    What a disgusting story. He’s old enough to be her Grandfather..wait..HE IS her grandfather!!!

    They may not be related by blood, but there is family tie. It’s gross. I hope its not true but no one would make up something so vile. There must be some truth here.

  45. Cheyenne says:

    If it’s true, how come no other source has reported on it yet?

    I wouldn’t trust the National Enquirer around a glass corner.

  46. Lita says:

    When I read the headline, I was horrified at taking the “woody allen precedent” to even grosser levels. But then to read the (hopefully wrong!) facts of it all – There. Just. Aren’t. Words.

    And I have always loved Morgan as an actor :o(

  47. girl says:

    I hope this isn’t true. I REALLY REALLY hope this isn’t true.

  48. Chicamorena says:

    So far, only the NE has reported anything on this. Not a word from any other gossip sites, unless they are quoting NE. If it was true, you’d think USmag.com and Starmag.com would be all over it. But neither of them have posted anything about it. And nothing whatever from People.

    So until we get verification from a more reputable source than NE, I’m not believing this. And if it turns out it isn’t true, I hope Freeman sues them to kingdom come.

  49. Chanel says:

    Oh Dear God! Here I thought the last classy man in Hollywood was Morgan Freeman? I’m shocked that Morgan Freeman was sleeping with his 17 yr old Step-Granddaughter & Mistress! Gross! OK listen up WIVES, please stop depriving your men of sex because THEY WILL GO LOOKING FOR IT SOMEWHERE ELSE even if its with someone related to them. Women over 50 stop depriving your husbands. They’re starving!

  50. msanthropist says:

    Silly question but, why did Morgan and Myrna have to raise her? Where were her mother and grandmother all that time?

  51. d says:

    big deal 1 not blood 2 most states wont touch a 17yearold consent case especially with a movie star involved. and i know he help raise her but they were both consenting adults and made there choices.

  52. Rose says:

    “OK listen up WIVES, please stop depriving your men of sex because THEY WILL GO LOOKING FOR IT SOMEWHERE ELSE even if its with someone related to them. Women over 50 stop depriving your husbands. They’re starving!”
    Okay, are you for real? How does this become a woman’s fault. How you you know they’re not having sex with their wives. Seriously, get over yourself.

  53. Rosebudd says:

    if true: statutory rape, 40 yr age difference, wife & mistress, sick isn’t even a good enough word. NE is very careful in last 5 yrs. or more as many celebs. have sued & won. Also, becuz not blood related means nothing. If that were the case, then I guess adopted children/teens are fair game! I have always loved Morgan and his incredible acting skills. It breaks my heart.

  54. Rosebudd says:

    D: Dear God, consenting adults…? Again is it ok to screw your stepchildren, adopted kids? Family is more than blood…….Get a grip.

  55. paranel says:

    This news changed my opinion of him entirely. I always thought Morgan was an intelligent, grounded, worldly and spiritual man and not a child molester and his own grand daughter at that. I thought Woody Allen is as bad as it gets out there , why Morgan ?

  56. BOGART4017 says:

    Anyone know of any reason anyone would make this up when they could have easily made up a rumor of him having an affair with any one of the leading ladies he’s been photographed with over the years? Monica Potter even! (cancel that thought)

  57. Cheyenne says:

    I’m still waiting for another source besides NE to report it, and so far, nobody has. And I’m not believing it until another source verifies it.

  58. Ggirl says:

    Uck! I have (had?) Morgan on such a pedestal. I hope it isn’t true. Seriously, if he wanted to play around aren’t their plenty of ADULT Non Related people this man could choose from?

  59. paranel says:

    Sadly it looks like it is true otherwise Morgan had sued the news source for slander and defamation of character by now.

  60. Cheyenne says:

    If every celeb sued NE for every bullshit story they put out there, they would have gone out of business 25 years ago.

  61. (The Original) Blondie says:

    As much as I want to think this is just heinous gossip…I’m a little inclined to believe there is a hint of truth to this one. Remember how the mistress was threatening to come out with some REALLY damaging info after the car crash? It had to be something really horrible. They’d already been outed as an extra-marital couple, so really, what else was there for her to tell that would have been so shocking?

  62. gg says:

    I’m with Mairead. I really hope this isn’t true, because I can’t stand fakes, can’t stand abuse, and really can’t stand a cheater.

  63. Meow! says:

    Disturbing IF true. He’s a great actor, and I always assumed he was gay, and quietly closeted….don’t know why.

  64. It’s The National Enquirer guys, c’mon. I don’t think there is cause for upset unless he confirms it himself. Then I will be grossed out.

  65. HOGGHEDD says:

    YOU GO BOY!!!!!!

  66. godzilla1 says:

    Morgan should have paid the woman from the car wreck (DeMaris Meyer). Now everything about him is being exposed. The dirty-old-bastard will finally get his justice. Maybe he will get to do some time behind bars like the rest of us.

  67. db says:

    yeah, he did it and probably since she was as young as 4 and 5! why is he not in jail for this and drunk driving and adultery and i am sure the list goes on. any regular person would be arrested. has his money bought him out of trouble w/good old mississippi again? if you look at him as a regular guy w/o the acting thing, he is pretty creepy. just a dirty old n man. lock him up now!

  68. linda says:

    probably true…thats why there is no stories of him messing around with any leading ladies. he had a young girl in training at home he has been grooming all her life to be his toy. why go out and playing around or looking for someone when she waiting at his home for him and was too young to stay out past curfew?

  69. ron says:

    I did enjoy Morgan Freeman’s movies and thought he was a great Actor. I have now lost ALL respect for him.

  70. Rick says:

    Does anyone know if Jerry Lee Lewis has weighed in on this yet?

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  72. Ivy says:

    So long, Morgan Freeman. I admired you for a long time!