Morgan Freeman Releases Statement Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Morgan Freeman Releases Statement Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

27 May 2018

Morgan Freeman has released a statement in response to the sexual harassment allegations being made against him.

The 80 year old reiterated that he "did not assault women."

Early last week, eight former colleagues of the legendary actor came forward to say that Mr. Freeman behaved inappropriately toward them.

In his first statement on Thursday, he denied all claims but he released another on Friday to back up what he said in the first.

"I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday's media reports."

"All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humour."

"I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women — and men — feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way."

"Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologised Thursday and will continue to apologise to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally."

"But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false."