Attorneys representing the man accused of slaughtering Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter stated in court on Friday that the victim had told the defendant that the Oscar winner had a sexual relationship with her.
The bombshell revelation concerning the Shawshank Redemption star and E’Dena Hines, 33, came to light during the ongoing trial of 30-year-old Lamar Davenport, who is accused of stabbing her 25 times in a drug-fueled rage in 2015.
‘E’Dena Hines disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her,’ Davenport’s lawyer Annie Costanzo told the court, reported New York Daily News.
Bombshell: An attorney for murder suspect Lamar Davenport (pictured in court earlier this month, left), on Friday said that victim E’dena Hines had told him she and her step-grandfather, Morgan Freeman (pictured together in 2005, right), had been in a sexual relationship
Morgan Freeman’s family are pictured leaving Manhattan Supreme Court in the Lamar Davenport murder trial on Friday
It is not clear at this point why the defense chose to disclose this information in open court, or how it might be relevant to the murder case.
Hines was the daughter of a woman whom Freeman adopted with her first wife. They were not related by blood.
Rumors about Freeman and Hines have been swirling for nearly a decade, beginning in 2009 when The National Enquirer published a story alleging that the Hollywood A-lister was involved in a years-long affair with his step-granddaughter.
Three years before Hines’ violent death, it was reported that Freeman was planning to marry her, but they both vehemently denied being romantically involved.
Latest sighting: Freeman, 80, was last sighted appearing at the WE Day California at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, on Thursday (left and right)
‘The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers,’ Freeman said in a statement in 2012. ‘What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.’
Hines, then aged 27, said: ‘These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.’
Morgan was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from 1967 until 1979.
He then married costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984, and the two later adopted his step-granddaughter and raised her together. The couple divorced in 2010.
Hines was stabbed 25 times in the street in Washington Heights on August 16, 2015, at 2.50am.
Davenport’s attorneys argue he is not guilty of the violent crime by reason of insanity because he was in the throes of a PCP-induced psychosis at the time of the attack.
Hines and Davenport, a rapper, had been living together in a $780,000 apartment that Freeman had bought for Hines.
In this video shown in court last week, an intoxicated Lamar Davenport (pictured) becomes angry at E’Dena Hines, who appears to be filming her final hours
During their nine-year relationship, Davenport fathered children with other women and abused drugs.
Davenport denies the killing. He was taken to a psychiatric facility immediately after her death but has been in custody ever since.
Last week, the court heard testimony from a witness who described how Hines was repeatedly stabbed in the back, neck and chest by Davenport, who was heard yelling about releasing the devil from her.
The jury was also shown footage recorded by Hines just hours before her killing, which showed her intoxicated boyfriend sitting at a table with friends and angrily yelling at her to stop filming.