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Morgan Freeman has apologised after being accused of harassment by multiple women

scandal 25/05/2018

Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of harassment and inappropriate behaviour, according to a report by CNN.

In total, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman, eight who claim to be victims of either sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour, and eight who said they witnessed Freeman's alleged misconduct.

A young production assistant who worked on Going in Style - the 2015 comedy starring Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin - alleges the US actor subjected her to unwanted touching.

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She also alleges that Freeman would comment on her figure and clothing on a regular basis, and that he would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back.

In one instance, she said Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." At one point, she recalled, "Alan made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."

Freeman issued an apology about two hours after the CNN article was published.

"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman said in a statement. "I apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent."

A female senior production staffer of Freeman's 2012 film Now You See Me reported a similar pattern of behaviour: "He did comment on our bodies," she said. "We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted."