Morgan Freeman 'devastated' by accusations


Morgan Freeman is "devastated" by the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior made against him.

The 80-year-old actor has been accused by a number of women of making them feel uncomfortable at work and it has been alleged that in one case, he attempted to lift a production assistant's skirt when he was working on 2017's 'Going In Style'.

He said in a statement: "I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by 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 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.

This follows his original statement, when Morgan said he was sorry for "anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected" by him.

He said: "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."