“I admit that I am someone who thinks a need to try to make girls – and men * feel appreciated and at lessen around me,” the actual 80-year-old, who’s accused of sexual nuisance by eight women, wrote in the statement released Comes to an end night. “As a part of that, I would often try to joke having and compliment women.”
The “Shawshank Redemption” super star continued to simultaneously say sorry for and defend his particular behavior.
“All victims of attack and harassment deserve to possibly be heard. And we need to take notice of them,” he composed in the statement. “But it is not to equate horrific incidents involving sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”
Freeman extra, “Clearly I was not always coming across generate income intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will keep apologize to anyone I may have upset, however accidentally.”
“But I also want to be clear: I didn’t create unsafe work areas. I did not assault women. I didnrrrt offer employment or development in exchange for sex. Any idea that I did so is completely phony,” he continued.
The Oscar safe bet added that he is “devastated that Four decades of my life is at chance of being undermined, in the flash of an eye, by Thursday’s marketing reports.”
Freeman’s statement was released soon after a 2016 video of the “Shawshank Redemption” legend?making a tone-deaf pass at “Entertainment Tonight” reporter Ashley Crossan?surfaced Friday.
In the clip released by ET, your actor asks Crossman if she had “fool around with older men? I’m just asking.”
On Thurs,?CNN published an expos?whereby several women came forward to accuse the actor of erectile harassment, including inappropriate in contact and lifting up womens skirts.