Actor Morgan Freeman has reportedly been accused by eight women of sexual misconduct. Whether the accusations against the 80-year-old are true or not hasn’t been determined, but what prompted the #metoo style shaming is a CNN reporter, Chloe Melas, who said Freeman looked her up and down when she interviewed him at a press junket.
“According to Melas, who was six months pregnant at the time, Freeman, in a room full of people, including his co-stars Arkin and Caine, shook Melas’ hand, not letting go while repeatedly looking her up and down and saying more than once a variation of, ‘I wish I was there.'” CNN reported. “She says he also said to her, ‘You are ripe.’ Cameras were on and recording during one of Freeman’s remarks to Melas — ‘Boy, do I wish I was there’.”
Melas was apparently so bothered by the incident she reported Freeman to her supervisor, who told her to talk to CNN human resources.
“According to Melas, she was told that CNN HR contacted their counterparts at human resources for Warner Bros., which produced and distributed the movie, and which like CNN is owned by Time Warner. Melas said she was also told that Warner Bros. HR could not corroborate the account because only one of Freeman’s remarks was on video and the Warner Bros. employees present did not notice anything,” CNN said.
Not satisfied, Melas decided to investigate Freeman and “she soon learned that other women had similar stories — and so she, and later her co-author, began this months-long reporting process.”
This resulted in a CNN article about Freeman which spread to other news outlets and began to trend on social media.
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would willingly offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” Freeman said in a statement. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”