Los Angeles, May 30 (PTI) Morgan Freeman’s lawyer has demanded an immediate retraction and an apology from CNN for a report in which multiple women accused the veteran actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour. Also Read - Michael Jackson estate sues HBO for USD 100 million over 'Leaving Neverland'
In a letter sent to the media house, Freeman’s lawyer Robert Schwartz said the report was a product of a “year-long witch hunt” against the 80-year-old that has caused damage to his reputation and career. Also Read - Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in new Netflix film
“At a minimum, CNN immediately needs to issue a retraction and apologize to Mr. Freeman through the same channels, and with the same level of attention, that it used to unjustly attack him on May 24,” read the 10-page letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Also Read - Kevin Costner, Diane Lane to star in suspense thriller 'Let Him Go'
The letter also claims that one of the women named in the report, Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment co-founder Lori McCreary, has rebutted the story.
“CNN also needs to retract the portions of the story that concern Lori McCreary and apologize to her for defaming and injuring her,” it added.
It also claimed that CNN reporter Chloe Melas, one of the co-authors of the report, misinterpreted Freeman’s remarks to her during a press junket for his film “Going In Style”.
The letter stated that Melas “baited and prodded supposed ‘witnesses’ to say bad things about Mr. Freeman and tried to get them to confirm her bias against him”.
The media house, however, shot back at Freeman and in a statement said that it stands by its report.
“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 said.
“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,” it added.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.