Actor Morgan Freeman who finds himself being accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, has issued another statement proclaiming his innocence.
Through his publicist Stan Rosenfield, Freeman said:
“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 humor.
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 apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize 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.” –Morgan Freeman
As we reported earlier, eight women said Freeman created an uncomfortable work environment with frequent sexual comments and unwanted touching.
Earlier, on Thursday, he issued a brief apology, saying …
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
Meanwhile, a woman mentioned in the CNN story — Tyra Martin, reached out to TMZ with the following note:
“Hey, still getting a lot of nasty messages from people who think I AM one of the accusers. I’m not. never was. CNN totally misrepresented the video and took my remarks out of context.” The incident involved an interview Martin did with Freeman, where she recounted, “When I stood up, I pulled my skirt part of my dress down and he did say, ‘Oh, don’t pull it down now.’”
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