Morgan Freeman is one of the most celebrated actors in modern American film and a great supporter of the arts. Fans were shocked when news broke yesterday that several women have made allegations of sexual harassment against him. This is what has been confirmed so far:
According to CNN, one of the women was a production assistant on the set of one of Morgan’s films, Going In Style. She has alleged that he made inappropriate comments, and tried lifting her skirt. Another woman – a senior member of production on set for Now You See Me – has said that he harassed women during production by commenting on their bodies. In total, 16 people have come forward in different capacities – some as victims and some as witnesses – to corroborate the allegations that he behaved inappropriately on the sets of various films. As Morgan is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, it must have taken exceptional bravery and courage to come forward with these allegations. This suggests that the #MeToo movement is continuing to have an impact and that women feel safer reporting than they did previously.
Harvey Weinstein To Turn Himself In
Harvey Weinstein went from being the most powerful man in Hollywood to the most hated. It was 231 days ago that the world learned of his spectacular abuse of power, as several Hollywood stars came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and abuse. Among the women were Ashley Judd, Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow. It sparked outrage and ignited the #MeToo movement, which started a worldwide conversation about the dire reality many women face in the workplace. Months after the first allegations arose, news has broken that Harvey will be turning himself in to face charges of sexual assault.
According to CNN, Harvey will turn himself into the New York Police Department today, where he will face charges of rape. According to the news agency, prosecutors in Manhattan will charge him with first and third-degree rape and first-degree rape in a separate case. This is not the end of the story, as cases are expected to open from incidents that occurred in London and Los Angeles.
In South Africa, we’re still moving towards a place where women feel safe to open up about sexual harassment in the workplace, and violence against women in all spheres of life remains a national problem. Read the article with stats here.