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Morgan Freeman's Exposure by #MeToo Will Be the Toughest One to Deal With

SourceA young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

But the job quickly devolved into several months of harassment, she told CNN. She alleges that Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back, she said.

In one incident, she said, Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again. Eventually, she said, “Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”

Freeman’s alleged inappropriate behavior was not limited to that one movie set, according to other sources who spoke to CNN. …

In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behavior by Freeman. Eight said they witnessed Freeman’s alleged conduct. These 16 people together described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment.

Writer’s Note: I know Francis just beat me to this. This is a follow up. Lay off us about the double posts.

As we all get behind #MeToo, inevitably these things are going to happen. Where each of us has a favorite celebrity that gets exposed. This is nothing less than the most significant social movement of our times, changing the cultural landscape and permanently altering the way business has been done since the dawn of man. And if we’re going to get behind #MeToo and see it all the way through, eventually it’s going to reveal what creeps we’ve made an emotional connection to. And it’s going to suck in ways that seeing a notorious bag of shit like Harvey Weinstein go down didn’t.

Read the full article yourself and draw your own conclusions. But if you don’t want to bother, trust me, you’ve read it before. A guy in a position of power and beloved by his public pervs out on the people who rely in him for their jobs. They couldn’t say anything because of the power imbalance. He gets away with it for years. And now they’re coming forward with specifics. If the name they were naming was some insufferably pretentious Hollywood twat like Sean Penn, I’d be leading the cheers. Instead, I have to wrap my brain around the fact it’s Morgan Freeman.

Not that I have sympathy for him after reading that. But it’s Morgan freaking Freeman. This is Red. Lucius Fox who built all the Batweapons. It’s Scrap Iron Dupree and the voice of March of the Penguins. Somerset in Se7en and Principal Joe Clark in Lean on Me and the Sgt. Major in Glory and so good at playing God in Evan Almighty that even God would cast him as God.

He’s THIS GUY:

And now – assuming this report has some truth to it and it’s got me convinced, he’s just another show business creepshow making people feel like garbage for his own gratification.

My only sympathies are for his victims. And to a much lesser extent, myself. This movement, while a pure good, just destroyed a part of my worldview. Fortunately, it was a part that needed destroying.

@jerrythornton1