Morgan Freeman

CNN is standing by its report about sexual misconduct allegations made against actor Morgan Freeman. Freeman, 80, threatened to sue the liberal news network after the cable news channel aired its report on May 24.

In a 10-page letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan's lawyer demanded CNN retract the report and apologize to 2 "victims" who say CNN misquoted them.

"At a minimum, CNN immediately needs to issue a retraction and apologize to Mr. Freeman through the same channels, and with the same level of attention, that it used to unjustly attack him on May 24," wrote attorney Robert M. Schwartz.

"CNN also needs to retract the portions of the story that concern Lori McCreary and apologize to her for defaming and injuring her."

But CNN president Jeff Zucker said the network stands by its reporting. Zucker called Freeman's demands "disappointing" in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday.

“The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story. CNN stands by its reporting and will respond forcefully to any attempt by Mr. Freeman or his representatives to intimidate us from covering this important public issue."

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  • Yui

    And the take down begins.

  • JV

    There were 16 people altogether who were interviewed as part of the investigation. This defamation suit is laughable.

  • TMW

    Somebody changed their story somewhere, because when the story first broke, Morgan Freeman was accused of “sexual harassment.” Now it’s just harassment and inappropriate behavior.

    The chick from CNN who started all this, Chloe Malas, said she felt offended because he said “I wish I was there” after looking her up and down several times while she was pregnant. When I watched the video, I interpreted Freeman to be responding to his co-star who was telling about the time he asked a woman who wasn’t pregnant if she was. Morgan didn’t even look at her and said “I wish I was there.” Why didn’t she get offended by the banter back and forth with the white guy?

    I remember when a male co-worker would come up behind me and massage my shoulders at work. I never thought of it as sexual, because that was not the context. I just think so much of this isn’t black and white. And I’m sorry, but I do not believe every woman’s story about being sexually harassed. I think the #METOO movement has become like the Salem Witch Hunt. People are being accused, convicted without a trial and losing their livelihoods over accusations by people looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

  • Logan Roberts

    Morgan looks like one of those dirty old men that be trying to give you $2 & a hug ??

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    I saw the same damn video, and he's a perv.

  • justlooking

    He sitting there like N*** what

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • Mec-One

    Some old memories coming back to haunt you, huh hopscotch?

  • TMW

    This happened in March of 2017. Why did she start an investigation a month ago?? She said 16 people confirmed inappropriate behavior by him and were willing to talk - I wonder how many she asked. And why did only 8 come forward with stories to tell?

    Morgan flipped his car with his side piece in the car with him. He probably is a dog, just like about 60% of men. Does his behavior rise to the standard of having his career destroyed because of it? I don’t think so.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile .... SMH

  • Quitedeliteful

    He may be a perv and he might say some slick stuff to women but he's no sexual deviant like Harvey Weinstein nor has he drugged and raped women. He shouldn't have apologized if he did nothing 'wrong' because CNN is not about to retract anything -- especially after his public apology...

  • Logan Roberts

    Yep your pappy.

  • the guest

    These old men are confused by these new times. They’re like remember in the old days you could slap a lady co-worker on the backside and it was nothing.

  • pecancandy

    Good evening,
    I was looking fo you earlier. Think I am going through midlife crisis. I want to smoke weed, screw all day, wrap my head up, wrap body up, read tarot cards, eat all natural ( except for seafood and gumbo) . Think I might need to talk to MD about mood stabilizer

  • the guest

    He is a pervert. He had an affair with a young female relative. Whether related only by marriage, she was still a relative. But these old men are from a different time. #MeToo has their minds twisted.

  • the guest

    No his career should not be destroyed.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I was on a movie set once and a group of women was discussing how HOT Morgan's body was for his age, and how sexy they thought he was.

  • TMW

    He didn’t really apologize for any wrong doing or bad behavior. He said he apologized if anyone felt offended, because that was not his intent. I have apologized before for unintentionally offending somebody - that’s more on them than me, but an apology costs me nothing and may save a relationship in the process.

    CNN went too far, especially when the story first broke and they said “sexual harassment.” He can prove defamation because there is already irreparable harm done to him and his reputation - they are trying to yank his lifetime achievement award. A defamation suit isn’t about proving whether something is true or false (that’s libel), it’s about harm.

    I’m glad he’s suing them.

  • Soda

    Was it the set of Golden Girls movie? ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Heavy toxic influences are at play right now.... Be careful with your sexual energy ... Be warned there are some that are forbidden now... You will know... Your body will get sick... At just relax.... This is now the time to explore natural healing techniques .... Bringing more awareness to the inner you... Things have shifted so don't be surprised if you want to grow yours own weed meds etc ? ... That's a good thing... You are ascending higher ... Clear your energies potent full moon tonight ... Epson salt bath relax glass of wine Netflix whatever relaxes ya ... As for the tarot ... You know I love my cards chile ... But try not to limit yourself with just that... Hell for example I can read anything universally... Even your car door.. ? ... It's a gift .. But yeah just relax and stay honest and pure ... It is the only way to see a result going forward ... Best of luck

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  • Mrs.Meenie

    Mr. Freeman just needs to remain silent on this situation, retire and go that way ??

  • hottlanta

    How many of yall are National Geographic buffs like myself. Remember when he did the documentary "March of the Penguins". Won awards and everything. Well Morgan getting ready to woddle his behind right up outta here. That is all I could think about is penguin man is gone. I was watching television the other day and saw my boyfriend Ernie Hudson doing a Car Shield commercial and I said to myself please don't disappoint me you are the last of the ole skool phune one's left.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY8YvreAFl4

  • hottlanta

    I can't stand for a man to even tap me on the shoulder. Feels icky,

  • hottlanta

    Morgan seems like the kind of man he gave a lot of kids money to go to the sto to get outta the house so he can bone your mother. A lot of kids got a sack full of candy from back in the day. Just like he told Ms. Daisy "I'm a fixxin to take you to the sto. Yep he is uncle to a whole lotta kids.

  • hottlanta

    Women going ga-ga over some saggy balls. Unbelievable.

  • Logan Roberts

    Barf ?

  • Logan Roberts

    Lol. I see this too.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    *dead*

  • pecancandy

    Thank you for your insight!

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Did you see the videos of Morgan talking to those ladies, one of whom was black? He was flirting with them. What he said and how he looked (he looked tired to me) was flirting and being funny. He should sue. White women have taken the METOO movement to a whole nother level.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I couldn't believe what they had to destroy his image and career, "me too" was not warranted here! No one will hear the retraction!

    Morgan is a flirt, big deal! He didn't corner or proposition anyone! These thirsty reporters, networks, celebrity-seeking women need to be stopped, ASAP!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    All these women clutching their pearls as they reach for their smelling salt while there are real and true victims if rape, sexual harassment, retaliated against when they declined offers, but these examples were NOT "me too" claims!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Much love bew ?

  • hottlanta

    I been hearing about the video but I haven't seen it. The METOO memo is full of crap. Why don't they have the woman who lied on Emmitt Till locked up for murder. I was watching GMA and they had that woman Mary Lou Turpentine, the teacher who had an affair with the kid when he was 12 had a baby and married him, talking bout she wants her say. Why isn't she in jail. What about these woman raping our boys. Also that girl in the movie Smallville who was running a sex ring. Ain't heard nothing else about it but they running R Kelly name in the ground to make an ME TOO example. Don't get me started on that hijacked ME TOO movement.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Damn you said "only 8 came forward"? Wtf are we defending here?? Doesn't matter if it was 8 or 80, if they were black or white, from what I saw and heard his behavior was disturbing.

  • TMW

    Why are “we” so quick to condemn when we only hear one side of the story? Like someone else said, he flirted, might have talked slick and he is a pervert. His behavior didn’t offend me - everyone’s perception is their reality. But someone else’s perception of me should not be allowed to ruin my life, and someone’s perception of Morgan - whether it’s 8 or 80 people - should not be allowed to ruin his. There are 8 people at my job that don’t like me because they took offense to something I said or did - I don’t think I should lose my job over that.

  • BadAss Will

    nasty ole man

  • Oya Shango

    He is a perv, but of another kind. I know his type. Also, if it is true that he had a sexual affair with his own step granddaughter, then he falls into the "Woody Allen" pervert group.

  • Kayke

    That's sounds wonderful ?

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd_dYOmn-D8
    This is the video with Morgan Freeman.....is this flirting or is it inappropriate behavior? Seems like he was having fun.

  • the guest

    I wrote on the initial post about this. How is taking his lifetime achievement award rectifying anything? CNN was overzealous and “trying make a new Cosby scandal”.

    Now that Harvey Weinstein is charged, white people will want ten black men to be charged even if they have to create guilt.

    Every black man in Hollywood needs to set Steve Harvey boundaries.

  • the guest

    White women throughout history been able to cry rape and cause the downfall of a black man.

  • Bea Mack, Pro-BLACK

    ????

  • Bea Mack, Pro-BLACK

    All of this!!!! Countless numbers of our forefathers were murdered by lynch mobs by false or over exaggerated allegations...genocide of our men... who knows what they were meant to contribute and accomplish within our communities....let me go before I ??

  • Bea Mack, Pro-BLACK

    This is me... minus the screwing part ?

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  • Bea Mack, Pro-BLACK
  • Nonya Bizness

    His side piece was also his then wife's best friend. Side piece denied being the side piece AND sued Morgan for the accident.I believe he was driving her car, but I'm still scratching my head as to why she sued him for the crash.

  • Nonya Bizness

    LOL@Turpentine. Turpentine has been in jail more than once. She went to jail, and as soon as she was released was back in the car with that boy. She shouldn't have been free though to MARRY her victim and continue to victimize him. That man is so f'd up in the head because of her.

  • TMW

    She was probably trying to save face. And get money. And she knew he would settle because he didn’t want a bigger scandal.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    "There are 8 people at my job that don't like me because they took offense to something I said or did - I don't think I should lose my job over that" It depends on what you said, and the context of which it was said. Have a good day ma'am.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    He may be a perv... there's no BUT after that. The ONLY lesson here is do not be a pervert, there WILL be consequences. The end.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Exactly!!! I've heard some horror stories from women who were in the workforce in the 70s...

  • TMW

    My point is that I don’t know what I may have said to offend someone, and I may not necessarily know if people don’t like me, unless they tell me. If these women were so offended, they should have addressed it at the time. I’m not saying what he did was right, but the timing of the accusations and the nature of them are very suspect to me. I personally have a pretty thick skin and really low concern for what others think of me, and an understanding that things sometimes get taken out of context. I’m not easily offended, and that in itself offends people. In this world you can’t win for losing. Have a blessed day!

  • freelancepimp .

    Did those 8 people even come forward if they are considered anonymous. For all we know they might not exist or their responses could be taking out of context like the two ladies that were actually named.

  • parisjok

    now that was so wrong on so many levels. that poor very very young innocent girl that he helped raised and then later molested. he is guilty and it came out in court from both legal sides that he did have a sexual relationship with her.

    no young girl is ever ever ever going to be interested in doing anything sexual or romantic with her much much older step granddad.

  • parisjok

    it is a fact that did come out in a court of law during his great grand daughter's murder trail that he did indeed have that affair with her. he is much much more than a dirty old man and has been for years. if it don't come out in the wash in comes out in the rinse