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Morgan Freeman gets #MeToo moment, but some see Russian shadow

Thursday - 24/05/2018 19:05
He voiced God in blockbusters, won an Oscar for best supporting actor, and became the public face of a campaign to demonize Russia. Now, Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman has been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women.
Actor Morgan Freeman © Mike Segar / Reuters
Actor Morgan Freeman © Mike Segar / Reuters

Four women who have worked on movie sets with Freeman over the past decade have accused the actor of “repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work,” according to a CNN article published Thursday. Two more said that Freeman “subjected them to unwanted touching” while another three said he had “made public comments about women's clothing or bodies.”

“I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent,” Freeman, 80, said in a statement after the CNN article was published.

One of the accusers is the CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, who co-authored the article. She said Freeman had made inappropriate comments to her over a year ago, when she interviewed him at a press junket while she was six months pregnant.

In September last year, Freeman made headlines when he narrated a propaganda video for the “Committee to Investigate Russia,” a nonprofit set up by director Rob Reiner. Among CIR’s notable members are neoconservative pundit David Frum and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who believes Russians are “genetically driven” to manipulate.

That fact was not lost on some social media users, while others predicted the #Resistance would come to Freeman’s aid by claiming he was framed by Russia.

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