CNN: Morgan Freeman harassed & ‘behaved inappropriately’ with women for years

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Well, I can’t say that this comes as a surprise. Morgan Freeman has been accused of being a serial sexual harasser and assailant in a CNN exclusive. My view of Morgan changed dramatically in 2009, when the National Enquirer began a years-long series about Morgan’s allegedly consensual relationship with his step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines. E’Dena passed away (she was murdered in 2015), but the stories remained in my mind. Now it seems that Morgan was a serial sexual harasser. You can read CNN’s exclusive here.

A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. But the job quickly devolved into several months of harassment, she told CNN. She alleges that Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back, she said.

In one incident, she said, Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again. Eventually, she said, “Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”

In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behavior by Freeman. Eight said they witnessed Freeman’s alleged conduct. These 16 people together described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment.

Of those 16, seven people described an environment at Revelations Entertainment that included allegations of harassment or inappropriate behavior by Freeman there, with one incident allegedly witnessed by Lori McCreary, Freeman’s co-founder in the enterprise, and another in which she was the target of demeaning comments by Freeman in a public setting. One of those seven people alleged that McCreary made a discriminatory remark regarding a female candidate for a job at the Producers Guild of America, where McCreary is co-president.

[From CNN]

As I said, I believe it. CNN reports that Freeman’s behavior was not limited to one movie set or one year or one victim, obviously. His behavior ranged from harassing comments to inappropriate touching to general abusive behavior. When women said that time’s up on all of these a–holes, this is what we were talking about. Of course it’s sad that such a respected and beloved film icon is being revealed to be such a douchebag. But again, at this point, is anyone really surprised?

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    Sigh. They’ll only disappoint you.

    • DearWhitePeople says:

      HIs voice is iconic, but now forever poisoned. Let this be yet another lesson to any entitled predatory impulse!!

  2. Snap Happy says:

    Ah, shit.

  3. Gutterflower says:

    Wow I did not know about the sgd. That’s so gross.

  4. Theodora says:

    Oh, no…

  5. Renee says:

    Unfortunately I’m not surprised. While I loved him as a great actor & his voice work, his disgusting behavior outweighs his talent. Another one bites the dust……

    • NameChange says:

      There have been rumors about him for years, actually. Including the inappropriate relationship with his step-granddaughter.

  6. MCV says:

    I hope the women have strong support around them because they’re going to be attacked.

    • Snazzy says:

      That was my first thought. With a guy like Freemen, you know many will try to protrct him no matter what the cost

    • India Rose says:

      Okay, what the hell? Why would women be attacked about Morgan Freeman more than any other men who have been called out? And if the women are NOT more likely to be attacked, why even say this? Because he’s black? I honestly cannot think of any other reason you would say this. Many, many powerful players in Hollywood have been called out. Did you post that their victims are likely to be attacked? I hope so.

      • Louisa says:

        I’m pretty sure MCV and Snazzy meant that he is so beloved and respected. That’s certainly how I took it. Nothing to do with him being black.

      • Sam says:

        I think they say it because he is a beloved actor with an iconic voice. Much like Cosby, or Garrison Keillor, or other people who were seen as wholesome or loved by so many. Nothing to do with race. When Harvey Weinstein, or Jared Leto, or James Franco gets called out, the feeling is more of “of course they did, those sleezy bastards.” But with Freeman (for those who don’t know the step granddaughter story) it’s like “No way would he ever do something like that! They are just trying to get rich quick, what a terrible thing to say about a wonderful human being!!!”

      • MCV says:

        Because he’s very loved and respected. Nothing about his race …

        Same thing that happened with Johny Deep, Amber was trashed all over the internet except here and ONTD probably.

      • India Rose says:

        Thanks for the responses. I didn’t understand that was where the original posts were coming from. The racial component is touchy. I appreciate the clarification very much.

        Side note: for older generations, accusations against Garrison Keillor tended to be shocking. For those of us who are a bit younger and had friends who interned with him, this was a long time coming. I’m so glad that asshole’s behavior was exposed. His skits and song lyrics should have been clues about how he feels toward women.

        As a survivor and activist, I’m very glad this movement is happening and support the bravery of women who are coming forward. My primary abuser is dead, but maybe some day I’ll be brave enough to tell my story, too. Peace.

      • mmm says:

        My guess would also be because the charges are ones that would be considered by some to be “lesser charges”, and with people so against #metoo, anything less than rape is often used to attack the women (to clarify, it shouldn’t be, but the world sucks some times).

  7. Mia4s says:

    Sorry but if anyone is shocked by this….I don’t know what to tell you…..I’m not even surprised.

    We don’t KNOW any of these people. We don’t. I don’t care that so and so visits children’s hospitals, I don’t care that so and so is totally WOKE on twitter (Hahahahaha! 🙄). All of that is to the advantage of their public image. It doesn’t mean anything. Look at how they treat those closest, those without power, what they do when public attention is not on them. The blinders need to come off.

    • roses says:

      Amen and can’t be said enough times.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Am not shocked as their has been rumours for years and not to mention his ‘relationship’ with his step granddaughter.

      He won’t be the last – they are coming out of the wood work.

    • VintageS says:

      This makes sick and sad. Hard for women to speak out especially for such an icon.

    • MrsPanda says:

      Exactly, Mia4s – I’d venture that the more ”WOKE” they appear, the more dastardly they are behind the scenes.

  8. Carrie1 says:

    All men. Mostly. It’s been the way since the beginning of time. Add in the women who support them and we are all in for an awakening. It has to happen. This abuse as a way of life is killing people openly now. We know about it, we all have to improve.

  9. Lucy says:

    Ugh. This sucks. This is just the worst. It is a surprise for me, but obviously I’m in the minory.

  10. minx says:

    Not surprised, as Kaiser said, since those stories came out in 2009.

  11. tracking says:

    This also does not surprise me based on the step-granddaughter story that came out some years ago. Ugh.

  12. Tania says:

    You either die a hero, or live long enough to become a villain (The Dark Knight)

  13. Sigh... says:

    “Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”

    So if a man who 1.) is about the SAME age, 2.) in the SAME industry, 3.) about the SAME amount of time (if not longer) 4.) w/ *about* the SAME achievement (2:1 Oscars-wise), has the common decency (even if only in that moment) to simply tell another man to “STOP,” I’m more than done* with the BS about “that’s all they know…,” “that’s how it goes in this industry…” and/or “that’s how that generation thinks/does…”

    *Oh, I know, these excuses have a shelf life & rotation schedule dated “infinity” 😒

  14. Sayrah says:

    Not surprising at all. Im glad you included the stuff about E’Dena. That story was swept under the rug fast imo.

  15. Jussie says:

    This has been coming for a while. Aside from the messed up 2009 story, there’s always been a lot of gossip about how he acts when he’s home in Mississippi, and especially about how he acts at his club.

    • French Girl says:

      I never heard about his bad behavior excepted the rumor with his step granddaughter.
      Wait ! I remember he divorced after his car accident.He was in his car with a woman who was not his wife

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah I remember that too. There was a bit of scandal back then and then it all quieted down. He must have had a good team squashing all those stories. No more though!
        I feel like in the past 2 years SOOOO much ugliness has been brought to light, so much abuse, so much corruption, and people are finally talking about it. I hate that it’s happening and we have a ways to go, but I hope we may see some real change after all this.

      • Taxi says:

        That accident was in some suspiciously inappropriate (like not just friends getting a ride) hour – 3 am or so. Different woman than the step-granddaughter. I figured he was sketchy after that.

  16. Babs says:

    Ok so I don’t know where I was in 2009 and I’ve also NEVER heard of any other gossip regarding MF so I’m quite puzzled right now.

  17. Shijel says:

    Been known for a long time. Dude’s a complete, utter skeeve, and then there was the whole thing with E’Dena. Ugh. Glad it’s being exposed now.

  18. Case says:

    I never heard anything about what happened in 2009, so this is surprising (and disappointing) to me. But as an above poster mentioned, we don’t KNOW any of these people, so none of it should really come as a shock. You just hope that some people are more true to their public personas, you know? I think those folks are far and few between, though.

  19. Valerie says:

    God dammit! I’m not at all surprised, though. He always struck me as a rake. The Story of God made me like him more (I didn’t before; definitely didn’t advertise that fact, lol), but I could see how charming he could be there too, in a way that could be used to manipulate women.

  20. JRenee says:

    Still surprised me, disgusted and disappointed…

  21. Margo S. says:

    Nope. Not surprised by this at all. But can I add. Arkin is the shit. He saw this going down and said, “um dude, stop..”

    • holly hobby says:

      I’m clapping for Alan Arkin. He called him out and the harrassment stopped.

    • Sayrah says:

      Thank you Alan Arkin for being a kind person and actually giving a damn to stand up for this woman.

    • Jessica says:

      I’ve always loved Alan Arkin, so I’m glad to hear that he did something about it. With so many I’ve had to cancel in the last year or so, I didn’t want to lose another one.

  22. Shelley says:

    What the hell is wrong with men? I’m so sick of them.

  23. holly hobby says:

    Aw that is disappointing but now surprising considering the step granddaughter thing.

  24. Molly says:

    His step – granddaughter? Jesus!

  25. bella says:

    I’ve heard that the step granddaughter thing was consensual as she was an adult, but didn’t he watch her grow into a woman? That’s disgusting. That’s borderline Woody Allen.

    • BostonStrong says:

      I wouldn’t say that is “borderline Woody Allen” I would say that is just as bad as Woody Allen. MF and his wife raised that girl from when she was young. He is just a disgusting as WA!! Both pigs!!

  26. KiddV says:

    I’m going back to the royal wedding posts, they’re much more enjoyable and the rest of humanity has been a let down lately. Harry and Meghan have been a nice respite from all of the other crap going on.

  27. mags says:

    Not surprised by this considering his relationship history.

  28. tearose11 says:

    Can someone please explain the Step Granddaughter thing? What happened? I’m not trolling, I don’t know anything about it.

    Besides that it’s just another powerful man abusing women. I can’t say I’m not disappointed, but my disappointment means nothing compared to what the victims feel. I’m glad that all this is coming out in the open.

    • Sayrah says:

      Read the highlighted link in the article to the CB article from 2009.

      • tearose11 says:

        Thanks I think I missed that link bc I scrolled down to see what happened.
        OMG it got worse, because I then googled the dead girl’s name – I can’t even.
        It’s awful that he can’t be put in jail for doing what he did to E’Dena.

  29. India Rose says:

    Both Freeman and Cosby worked on The Electric Company in the 1970s. I loved that show. I wonder what that set was like. What a shame.

    And his work in Glory? So good. This is really, really sad. I’m glad Alan Arkin said something. We need to hear more stories about the people who’ve stepped in because, despite the importance of revealing predators, this is also really depressing.

  30. Veronica says:

    *sigh* This is just going to get uglier and uglier.

  31. dee says:

    But when will this movement ever bring down Trump (sigh)

  32. GATy says:

    The step grand daughter story is disturbing,…. I didn’t know it, this man is trash and this news stories confirm it… I just can’t find words for the step daughter story, I’m in shock

  33. Sandy says:

    I didn’t even read the article yet, but what took so long for this to come out. No secret here.

  34. Rescue Cat says:

    I hear Weinstein is finally going to be charged today.

  35. Vanessa says:

    Hooray for Alan Arkin!

  36. Aqua says:

    He just got a job being the official voice and announcer of our transit system on the West Coast of Canada. So every time we get on our transit system his voice will be the one to announce the next stop that the train will be making. That announcement is made inside the train so their is no getting away from it unless or until you get off. Why are some celebs able to survive career wise and others not?

    • Aqua says:

      UPDATE! He had just been dropped by Translink. He will no longer be the official voice of our transit system due to his inappropriate behaviour with women.

      • Claire says:

        Not true! It’s because of the woman from Calgary who was originally the voice. This whole thing is illegitimatizing women who have an actual beef. I run a company that is a male dominated industry. I have plenty of shit to deal with. All of my employees are men. All the people I interact with are men. So they make a few inappropriate comments. Big deal! They get it right back. And some comments are meant to be complimentary. Men are stupid at times. Consider the intent. People will stop listening.

      • Ankhel says:

        Claire, he’s been accused of all over groping, and lifting up girls’ skirts to look at their underwear. At work. No one should have to bear harassment simply because you think they should.

  37. Blacktea says:

    I had no idea Morgan Freeman was a harasser as well. I loved Going in Style. And having a relationship with a step-granddaughter? That’s incredibly gross. Another actor whose movies I’ll be skipping.

    • Ankhel says:

      It’s worse than that. According to Wikipedia, E’dena was Freeman’s step grandchild from his first marriage. However, he adopted E’dena with his second wife. They raised her. In the eyes of the law, that makes Freeman E’dena’s father.