American movie icon Morgan Freeman has been a subject debate and moral scrutiny following allegations which surface on Thursday after 8 women out of 16 claiming to be victims sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour by the actor and the other 8 claiming to have witnessed these actions.
Since the news broke out, there have been a lot of conversations driven by the popular #MeToo campaign as people continue to raise opinions at the thought of the respected Hollywood actor being a sexual predator.
However, Freeman, who had apologized for any misconstrued behaviour by him has gone a step further to issue a statement on his current travails. He denied creating unsafe working environments and sexually harassing women but admitted he did not always come “across the way” he intended.
He said in his statement:
“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.
“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humour.
“I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try and make women – and men – feel appreciated and at ease around me.
“As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.
“Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologised Thursday and will continue to apologise to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.
“But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”
The actor, however, has not been charged with any crime or being criminally investigated over the allegations