Morgan Freeman’s legal team is demanding an apology and immediate retraction from CNN just days after the news outlet published a New-York-Times-Harvey-Weinstein-style investigative piece accusing the actor of sexual harassment. In the lengthy feature, allegations were made by women who worked on various film sets with the 80-year-old or interviewed him at press events.
One woman even claimed the Oscar winner kept lifting up her skirt and asking if she was wearing any underwear. But the reports didn’t have the fire the Weinstein ones did. Freeman’s teamed scurried into gear pulling to pieces the claims of the women and calling CNN’s reportage as unfounded. CNN hit back citing they stand by their reporting and will “respond forcefully to any attempt by Mr. Freedman or his representatives to intimidate us from covering this important public issue.”
The latest update was a statement given to Vanity Fair from Robert Schwartz, Freeman’s attorney: “We presented CNN with objective evidence, including videotapes and on-the-record denials by the claimed ‘victims,’ that the alleged incident that gave rise to the story never happened. We proved to CNN, beyond any doubt, that the whole story was built on fakery. The credibility of the entire CNN attack on Mr. Freeman has now been undermined. And in choosing to ignore all of the evidence that we presented, CNN has confirmed our concerns about its reporters, its lack of oversight, and its gross misconduct in unjustifiably attacking Mr. Freeman.”