Morgan Freeman Hits on Female Reporter in Resurfaced Video: 'I Get to Look at You and Drool'
Tyra Martin, an entertainment producer at Chicago’s WGN-TV, said that she interviewed Freeman, 80, multiple times over the course of a decade and that he “always made sexually charged comments,” CNN reporter Chloe Melas told HLN Thursday.
“But there was one time that she felt truly crossed a line,” Melas continued. “That was when he asked her not to pull down her skirt as she stood up to leave the interview.”
While that alleged interaction was not caught on video, HLN obtained another interview between Martin and Freeman, in which the actor can be seen and heard making repeated passes at the reporter.
“You’ve got magic written all over you child,” Freeman tells Martin in an interview promoting his magician movie Now You See Me.
After offering that he’s single, Martin asked the actor how he’s enjoying bachelorhood. “I am enjoying bachelor life immensely. I get to look at you and drool,” he is seen replying.
But according to CNN, Martin told the outlet that she was always “in on the joke.”
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” the Oscar winner said in a statement released Thursday. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
According to a new investigation by CNN, the actor’s alleged inappropriate behavior occurred on-set with female members of the production staff, with employees at Revelations Entertainment (the production company the 80-year-old started in 1996 with business partner Lori McCreary) — and with reporters.
One of the women, who was working as a production assistant at the time, allegedly accused Freeman of frequently touching her and making unwanted comments about her appearance in 2015, during the filming of Going in Style. She spoke anonymously to the outlet.
“It was constant comments about the way I looked,” she told CNN.
CNN reported that the woman, who was in her 20s at the time and has since left the film industry, detailed one incident where Freeman allegedly “kept trying to lift my skirt up” and asked “if I was wearing underwear.” She went on to claim that Freeman only stopped once his costar Alan Arkin told him to.
Another woman, who worked as a senior member of the production staff on his film Now You See Me, allegedly accused Freeman of sexually harassing her female assistant multiple times. She also spoke anonymously.
The woman told CNN that whenever the actor was on set, the women knew “not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that should show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted.”
When asked by CNN why many of the women chose not to report the alleged incidents, the women said they did not want to lose their jobs.
Melas, who co-authored the investigation, also alleged that Freeman had made inappropriate comments to her when she interviewed him at a press junket for Going in Style, while she was pregnant and working at CNN.
She claimed the actor looked her up and down while remarking, “I wish I was there” and telling her, “You are ripe.”
Melas said she reported his behavior to CNN’s human resources department who contacted the film’s studio, Warner Bros. According to Melas, the company “could not corroborate the account because only one of Freeman’s remarks was on the video.”