Veteran actor Morgan Freeman is being made to feel the repercussions of the sexual harassment allegations hurled against him.
First, his major sponsors like Visa and Vancouver-based TransLink have started to cut their ties with him by suspending advertisements that featured him or used him for the voice-overs.
Freeman also voiced for Hillary Clinton’s losing presidential bid in 2016.
Now comes the news that the huge honor of a Life Achievement Award bestowed on Freeman by his peers from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is also under threat of being revoked due to the sexual harassment allegations scandal involving the once highly-respected actor.
A representative from SAG tells the entertainment site TMZ: “These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to ensure a safe work environment for the professionals in this industry.”
This even as SAG acknowledges that Freeman has the right to due process, but simply that “it’s our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment.”
8 women came forward to say they were victims of sexual misconduct by Freeman on several movie sets, and at media events connected to his movies.
The veteran actor was awarded the prestigious SAG’s Life Achievement Award in January. SAG says it is reviewing what “corrective actions” might be appropriate.
Freeman who played no less than God in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty” while previously apologizing to the women if they ever felt “uncomfortable” or “disrespected” has come out with a new statement to say that the incidents of alleged sexual misconduct were “’misplaced compliments or humor” and not sexual assault.
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Freeman says: “I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye.”
He added: “It is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”
Still Freeman added: “I will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.”