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Actor James Caan defends Morgan Freeman, calling him a ‘good guy’

Actor James Caan has spoken out about the sexual harassment accusations against Morgan Freeman.

‘We’re becoming a very strange place,’ Caan told TMZ in response to questions about Freeman. ‘I think that’s why God made men and women – so they could be attracted to each other’.

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The 78-year-old ‘The Godfather’ actor also called Freeman a ‘good guy’ while signing autographs in his Mercedes-Benz.

Morgan Freeman, 80, has responded to the allegations he sexually harassed at least eight different women to insist he is not a predator and says he is ‘devastated’ by any suggestion that he is. 

 

Actor Morgan Freeman, 80, is under fire after a report accusing him of misconduct

Actor James Caan has defended Morgan Freeman who is under fire after a report accusing him of misconduct

On Thursday, CNN published claims by eight women who alleged that Freeman had either spoken to them inappropriately, ‘touched’ them without them wanting him to or, in one of the most severe cases, lifted up their skirts. 

The actor issued an apology after the report emerged and said he never intended to make any of the women feel uncomfortable. 

But afterwards, as he was dumped by sponsors including Visa and as his legendary acting career was momentarily eclipsed by the scandal, he spoke out again. 

In a statement to DailyMail.com late on Friday night, the star said: ‘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 humor.

‘I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me.  

ET correspondent Ashley Crossan

Freeman

ET correspondent Ashley Crossan (left) was stunned when Freeman (right) asked if she was married, and then followed up by asking if she liked to ‘fool around with older guys’

‘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 apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize 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,’ he said.

The statement came after Entertainment Tonight dug up old interview clips in its archives which show him speaking to young female reporters in a suggestive way. 

In one clip, Freeman asks ET correspondent Ashley Crossan if she is married as they sat down for an interview in 2016. 

‘You fool around with older guys?’ Freeman asks when Crossan replies that she is unmarried. Crossan laughs but does not otherwise acknowledge the remark.

'You got a dress halfway between your knee and your hips, and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs,' Freeman told a reporter in this 2015 interview

‘You got a dress halfway between your knee and your hips, and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs,’ Freeman told a reporter in this 2015 interview

Reporter Janet Mock (above) said she was 'deeply disappointed' at Freeman's remark to her

Reporter Janet Mock (above) said she was ‘deeply disappointed’ at Freeman’s remark to her

The second uncomfortable incident occurred in 2015, when ET special correspondent Janet Mock interviewed Freeman ahead of his film Five Flights Up. 

‘I don’t know how you all manage to do that all the time,’ Freeman says as Mock sits down to begin the interview. 

‘You got a dress halfway between your knee and your hips, and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs,’ he continued. 

Mock said in a statement to ET about the incident: ‘I was deeply disappointed that someone who was seen as America’s grandfather was susceptible to such disturbing behavior and felt comfortable enough to do that as cameras were rolling.’ 

The only named accuser in the report was its author, CNN reporter Chloe Melas.

Melas claims Freeman called her ‘ripe’ as she interviewed him while six months pregnant in 2017, and told her: ‘Boy I want to be there’ while ogling her.

Other women said he behaved like a ‘creepy uncle’ at Revelations Entertainment, his production company, and that his unwanted glances and treatment of them forced them to stop wearing skirts or dresses in the office. 

In an initial statement on Thursday, Freeman told DailyMail.com: ‘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.’

Freeman came under fire following the Thursday publication of CNN's report, which cited eight women who claimed Freeman behaved inappropriately in the workplace

Freeman came under fire following the Thursday publication of CNN’s report, which cited eight women who claimed Freeman behaved inappropriately in the workplace

Morgan Freeman’s statements on sexual harassment claims

Thursday:

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.’

Friday:  

‘Morgan Freeman issued the following statement through his publicist on Friday May 26, 2018:

‘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 humor.

‘I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to 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 apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize 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.’

 



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