In his assertion issued late Friday, Freeman stated “I’m devastated that 80 years of my life is prone to being undermined, within the blink of an eye fixed, by Thursday’s media studies.
“All victims of assault and harassment need to be heard. And we have to take heed to them. However it isn’t proper to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.
“I admit that I’m somebody who feels a must attempt to make ladies—and males—really feel appreciated and relaxed round me. As a part of that, I might usually attempt to joke with and praise ladies, in what I believed was a light-hearted and humorous means.
“Clearly I used to be not all the time coming throughout the way in which I supposed. And that’s the reason I apologized Thursday and can proceed to apologize to anybody I might need upset, nevertheless unintentionally.
“However I additionally need to be clear: I didn’t create unsafe work environments. I didn’t assault ladies. I didn’t supply employment or development in change for intercourse. Any suggestion that I did so is totally false.”
CNN spoke to 16 folks, eight of whom stated they have been victims of what some known as harassment and others known as inappropriate habits by Freeman. Eight stated they witnessed Freeman’s alleged conduct. The 16 folks collectively described a sample of inappropriate habits on set, whereas selling his films and at his manufacturing firm Revelations Leisure.
4 individuals who labored in manufacturing capacities on film units with Freeman during the last ten years described him as repeatedly behaving in ways in which made ladies really feel uncomfortable at work.
Freeman additionally issued an announcement after the allegations first surfaced, saying he’s “not somebody who would deliberately offend or knowingly make anybody really feel uneasy. I apologize to anybody who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was by no means my intent.”
The Display Actors Guild additionally stated it’s within the means of figuring out what, if any, motion will likely be crucial concerning Freeman, who obtained its lifetime achievement award in January.
Accusations towards Freeman are the newest in a sequence from ladies and men who’ve spoken out in current months about inappropriate habits by highly effective males in Hollywood and different industries.
Actions punctuated by hashtags resembling #MeToo got life after accusations surfaced towards former film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of abuse, misconduct and harassment by greater than 80 ladies.
Weinstein was arraigned Friday on prices of first- and third-degree rape and committing a felony sexual act within the first diploma, seven months after ladies started to return ahead. Weinstein was charged for alleged incidents involving two ladies.
By way of a spokesperson, Weinstein has beforehand denied accusations of sexual assault.
After his arraignment, Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman stated “Mr. Weinstein has all the time maintained that he has by no means engaged in non-consensual sexual habits with anybody. Nothing about right now’s proceedings modifications Mr. Weinstein’s place. He has entered a plea of not responsible and absolutely expects to be exonerated.”