Morgan Freeman is fighting back in the wake of a CNN report that detailed allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior towards women in the workplace. The 80-year-old actor’s legal team is demanding a retraction from CNN and threatening a possible lawsuit over a story that was published last week accusing the actor of sexual misconduct. Among the many points made by Freeman in the letter is the fact that the comment which fueled reporter Chloe Melas’ investigation into him was not even made to her, but rather in response to a story his co-star Michael Caine had been telling at the press junket for Going In Style.
This comes just two days after one of the woman labeled as a Freeman accuser in story, Tyra Martin, said on-air that her comments were misrepresented and she did not at any point deem the actor’s behavior inappropriate. Martin’s comments clarifying her stance on Freeman had not been added into the CNN story as of Tuesday morning. Freeman’s lawyers also use their letter to suggest that Melas, who co-wrote the story with her editor An Phung, may have been motivated by racism or a desire to advance her career when she published her claims.