CNN will not apologize to Morgan Freeman for the Sexual Harassment article
Robert M. Schwartz, Morgan Freeman’s lawyer wrote a letter to the president of CNN asking them to apologize to Freeman and retract the story, where the actor was accused of verbal and sexual harassment by eight women. He said it was “used to unjustly attack him.”
Schwartz also added that the article had “malicious intent, falsehoods, sleight-of-hand, an absence of editorial control, and journalist malpractice.”
Schwartz suggests that the author of the article, Chloe Melas “baited and prodded” the women to give statements against the Oscar-winning actor because of her own experience with the actor.
Chloe said that she was harassed by Freeman during an interview for the movie “Going in Style” — the reporter was pregnant at the time and Freeman commented on her body saying that she was “ripe”.
Schwartz wrote in the letter that “The problem with Ms. Melas’ account, which infected everything that she and CNN thereafter did, is that her version of the interview is false, it is based on her imagining that Mr. Freeman had said or done anything to harass her. However, there is substantial evidence that Ms. Melas imagined an incident, or exaggerated a non-malicious remark wildly out of proportion to reality, to give her a basis to go after Mr. Freeman and cause him the grave harm that CNN’s story has inflicted.”
He also added, “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.”
A CNN spokesperson responded to the letter in a statement saying, “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.”
Credit Source: Variety