Did not assault women, just complimented them, says Morgan Freeman a day after accusation
Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman has issued a new statement saying that he did not assault any women and he also did not create any unsafe work environment for them. The active response comes one day after the Bruce Almighty actor was of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by over eight women; while he did apologise on Friday, he said he will continue doing so for as long as it is required.
The 80-year-old veteran actor said that all victims of assault and harassment need to be heard but it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual misconduct with misplaced compliments or humour. He went on to say that he is devastated that 80 years of his life’s work is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, after news reports of his misconduct were published across all channels.
The statement by the actor also goes on to read that he does admit that he is someone who feels a need to try to make women-and men-feel appreciated and at ease around him. As part of that however, he would often joke with and compliment women, in what he thought was a light and humorous way, and clearly he wasn’t coming across in the way intended. The actor said that while he did not assault any women or create unsafe work environments, he also did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex and any suggestion that he did so is completely false.
With the allegations, Morgan Freeman has joined Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey who have all been accused of sexual misconduct by women. While Harvey Weinstein was released on bail on Friday, Bill Cosby has been under house arrest and awaiting sentencing, after he was convicted on April 26, 2018.