News network CNN has fired back at Actor Morgan Freeman and stood by its report alleging that he was guilty of harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards women in the workplace.
The 80-year-old was accused of repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable on film sets and at his production company Revelations Entertainment, in an investigation by CNN.
The actor had initially apologised to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected” following the reports, but in a second statement said that he “did not assault women”.
On Tuesday, his lawyers demanded CNN retract the claims and hinted at legal action. But the network has said it is standing by the allegations.
A spokesman for the network said: “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.”
The response came hours after Freeman’s legal team sent a 10-page letter to CNN chief Jeff Zucker, threatening a lawsuit.
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