On Thursday, CNN released an exposé reporting Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by multiple women.

CNN spoke with 16 people total. Eight are alleged victims who claim they experienced harassment or inappropriate behavior at the hands of Freeman. The other eight individuals said they witnessed Freeman's alleged behavior. Bustle has reached out to Freeman's rep for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. CNN reports it reached out to Freeman's spokesperson for comment and also emailed him a list of the accusations against his client, but the spokesperson didn't respond.
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.
EARLIER: According to the 16 individuals who spoke with CNN, the alleged conduct occurred on set, during movie promotions, and at his production company, Revelations Entertainment. Bustle has also reached out to Revelations for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.
Warning: This article contains information about sexual harassment, which some may find triggering.
A young production assistant who worked on the 2015 film Going In Style, starring Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, alleges she endured months of harassment from Freeman. She alleges he touched her by sometimes placing his hand on her lower back and rubbing it. She also alleges Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear”. She said he allegedly only ever tried to lift the skirt and touched it, too, but never fully pulled it up, because she would move away. She claims Arkin intervened and said, “Alan made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say." Bustle reached out Arkin’s rep who has no comment at this time.
Another woman who was a senior member of the production staff on the 2012 movie Now You See Me also told CNN Freeman allegedly sexually harassed her and also her female assistant on multiple occasions. "He did comment on our bodies... We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted," she said.
Many of the women accusing Freeman of sexual harassment told CNN they never reported his alleged behavior as they feared for their jobs.

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