Morgan Freeman accused of sexual assault on 8 women, actor reacts

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In total, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of the investigation, eight witnesses and eight who claim to be victims. Half of those people were women who said they had been subject to inappropriate behavior, while the rest said they had witnessed such behavior, according to CNN.

One time Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear", the woman said.

A young production assistant, who chose to remain anonymous, told CNN that Freeman would inappropriately touch her and make comments about her figure and clothing throughout the making of the 2015 comedy Going In Style, which also starred Alan Arkin and Michael Caine. Eventually, she said, "Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop". One employee was allegedly the target of demeaning comments from Freeman, while another alleged that Lori McCreary, co-president of the Producers Guild of America and co-founder of Revelations Entertainment, made discriminatory remarks about a job candidate.

Freeman said in a statement that he was sorry to anyone who had been made to feel uncomfortable or disrespected.

Sixteen people spoke to CNN about Freeman's alleged inappropriate behaviour, describing multiple incidents throughout his career.

A CNN report details accusations of sexual harassment by Freeman of numerous women, including reporter Chloe Melas, one of the authors of the story. Melas was six months pregnant at the time of the interview and says Freeman shook her hand, looked her up and down, and said variations of the line, "I wish I was there".

Following news reports, Entertainment Tonight delved into their own archives and unearthed what they claim is "evidence" of Freeman's "inappropriate behaviour" toward female correspondents during interviews.

CNN reached out to Freeman's spokesperson for comment and then, at his request, e-mailed him a detailed list of the accusations against "The Shawshank Redemption" star.

He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby", and has earned four other Oscar nominations.

TMZ later reported a statement from Morgan Freeman on the report.