CNN reporters were shocked by the decision of the parent company to hire Morgan Freeman for a voice-over for a meeting after the network told a story about sexual harassment against him.
The voice of the actor heard an opening video at a WarnerMedia presentation to investors on Tuesday and CNN employees were & # 39; disgusting & # 39; because the network is a WarnerMedia company.
& # 39; It's disgusting & # 39 ;, a CNN employee said Variety. & # 39; So many of us were shocked at our heads and wondered how something like that could happen. & # 39;
There was a video montage that was highlighted AT & T & # 39; s, Warner Bros. & # 39; s and Turner & # 39; s achievements as individual companies that have been merged.
CNN reporters were shocked by the decision to hire Morgan Freeman for a voice over for a business meeting after the network told a story about sexual harassment against him
Chloe Melas, (left), is the CNN reporter who wrote the article and claims that Freeman's & # 39; ripe & # 39; called. She wrote the story with her editor An Phung, (right)
There were pictures of telephones, films, and CNN reporters being shown on the screen at Warner Bros.
John Stankey, the AT&T president and COO and WarnerMedia CEO, then made an announcement to introduce the company's new streaming service.
Then Freeman heard & # 39; s voice say: & # 39; Innovation: it can be born from a single spark.
& # 39; And this spark has spread to change our lives forever, immediately connecting us through the stars high above. Today, that spark continues to spread, & Variety reported.
Last May, after being accused of widespread sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, the Shawshank Redemption star, 82, said he never intended to make someone feel disrespectful or uncomfortable & # 39 ;.
It came after a piece was published by CNN describing allegations of misconduct by eight different women.
The allegations include claims that a young production assistant claiming that Freeman, 80, repeatedly tried to lift her skirt in 2015.
Only one woman was mentioned who claims to have been abused by him. She is Chloe Melas, the CNN reporter who wrote the article and claims that Freeman is & # 39; ripe & # 39; called and told her: & # 39; Boy, I want to be there & # 39; while she interviewed him when she was six months pregnant in 2017.
Other women said he behaved like a & # 39; creepy uncle & # 39; at Revelations Entertainment, his production company, and that his unwanted looks and treatment forced them to stop wearing skirts or dresses at the office.
The production assistant who claims that he repeatedly tried to lift her skirt to see if she was wearing underwear, said the incident happened in 2015 on the set of Going In Style.
Chloe Melas, the CNN reporter who wrote the article claiming that Freeman's & # 39; ripe & # 39; called and told her: & # 39; Boy, I want to be there & # 39; while she interviewed him while he was six months pregnant in 2017
John Stankey, the AT&T president and COO and WarnerMedia CEO, made an announcement to introduce the company's new streaming service and the voice of Morgan Freeman was then heard during a corporate meeting on Tuesday
She claimed that Alan Arkin, Freeman's co-star in the film, was there and intervened.
She said: (He) kept trying to lift my skirt and asked if I was wearing underwear.
& # 39; Alan (Arkin) made a comment that he had to stop. Morgan panicked and didn't know what to say. & # 39;
The woman was in his early twenties and Freeman was then 78. Another, described as a senior production employee who worked with him on Now You See Me in 2012, claimed that it was well known that he was women on the set & # 39; harassed & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He commented on our bodies … We knew that if he came by … not to wear a top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottom, meaning we don't wear clothes those (were) appropriate, & she said.
Another former employee there claimed that when she first met him on the set of his series Through The Wormhole, which began in 2010, he looked her up and down and asked, "What do you think about sexual harassment?"
In a statement shortly after the piece was published, he told DailyMail.com: & Everyone who knows me or has worked with me knows that I am not someone who would deliberately insult or deliberately make someone uncomfortable.
& # 39; I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or not respected – that was never my intention. & # 39;
However, the actor's legal team later demanded a revocation of CNN and threatened a potential lawsuit over the story that the actor accused of sexual misconduct.
A production assistant claiming that Freeman repeatedly tried to lift her skirt to see if she was wearing underwear, said the incident happened in 2015 on the set of Going In Style. The film also played Michael Caine and Alan Arkin
Freeman's lawyers also used their letter to suggest that Melas, who wrote the story with her editor An Phung, might have been motivated by racism or a desire to promote her career when she published her claims
One of the many points Freeman made in the letter is the fact that the comment that Chloe Melas's investigation into him was not even made to her, but rather as a reaction to a story that his co-star Michael Caine had told about the pressure on junkets for Going In Style.
This is only two days after one of the women in the story labeled Freeman prosecutor, Tyra Martin, said in the broadcast that her comments were misrepresented and she did not consider the actor's behavior inappropriate at any time.
Freeman's lawyers also use their letter to suggest that Melas, who wrote the story with her editor An Phung, may have been motivated by racism or a desire to promote her career when she published her claims.
A CNN spokesperson told DailyMail.com: “The unfounded allegations 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.
& # 39; CNN continues to report and will respond strongly to any attempt by Mr. Freeman or his representatives to intimidate us to address this important public issue. & # 39;
& # 39; One cannot know if that was the product of something as innocent as Mrs. Melas & # 39; misunderstood what Mr. Freeman said, her runaway self-centeredness, or her search for sexual harassment to unmask & # 39; so that she could attract attention and advance her career & # 39 ;, reads the letter at some point.
Besides Melas, McCreary and Martin are the only two women identified by name in the story.
& # 39; Based on those facts and the additional information presented below, it is clear that CNN has maligned Mr. Freeman. CNN has seriously damaged its reputation and career & # 39 ;, says the letter from Freeman's lawyers at Irell & Manella.
& # 39; At the very least CNN must immediately withdraw and apologize through the same channels and with the same attention to Mr. Freeman who wrongly attacked him on May 24. & # 39;
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