And Now Morgan Freeman Too

One of the most universally beloved actors in America, Morgan Freeman, is the latest to be nailed with sexual harassment accusations by many women, with witnesses to back them up. None of the accusations are criminal, but they’re creepy and piggish behavior that no woman should have to endure, especially when they’re just trying to do their job.

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.

Of those 16, seven people described an environment at Revelations Entertainment that included allegations of harassment or inappropriate behavior by Freeman there, with one incident allegedly witnessed by Lori McCreary, Freeman’s co-founder in the enterprise, and another in which she was the target of demeaning comments by Freeman in a public setting…

Four people who worked in production capacities on movie sets with Freeman over the last ten years described him as repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work. Two, including the production assistant on “Going in Style” whose skirt he allegedly attempted to lift, said Freeman subjected them to unwanted touching. Three said he made public comments about women’s clothing or bodies. But each of them said they didn’t report Freeman’s behavior, with most saying it was because they feared for their jobs.

And therein lies the real problem. No woman should have to be subject to such harassment on the job. They should be treated as any other professional colleague at all times. But put men in a position of power over women and this is so often — far too often — the result. And please don’t be shocked or surprised by this. We really should be past the point of ever being surprised. It’s like finding out a Christian minister has been having an affair, it’s happened so often that surprise just isn’t a reasonable response anymore.

We’ve probably all seen someone we knew well, personally, in real life do something we are profoundly shocked to find out they were capable of because we thought we knew them well enough to know they would never do that — whatever that is. If that’s true, we certainly shouldn’t be putting stock in the carefully crafted images of celebrities.

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