While Morgan Freeman is currently in the process of fighting back against CNN and the allegations of sexual harassment they published against him, there is more and more evidence coming to the forefront, exposing his penchant for making inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. And like the CNN allegations, Freeman didn’t relegate his harassment to women in the industry. He also spread it around to journalists.
Interestingly enough, he did the same thing with journalist and advocate Janet Mock. It was also caught on camera.
She shared the moment in a sit down with Wendy Williams.
Morgan Freeman: “I don’t know how you all manage to do that all of the time. You got a dress that’s half way between your knee and your…hip and you sit down right across from me…”
Janet Mock: You feel like your grandfather just scolded you for wearing…
Wendy Williams: Ew! Ew!
Janet: Literally, my dress was this same thing here. And it doesn’t matter. I could have a dress all the way up to here and still…
Wendy: Why is he talking to you like that? Did he know the camera was on?
Janet: Yes, he knew! He didn’t care. It shows how men in power just believe they can free range and do whatever they want. And so I think that for me, as a young woman who was just trying to do a job as a reporter for Entertainment Tonight. I just wanted to interview him about a movie. So for America’s grandfather to really just turn into this really—and the voice of God—to turn into the creepy uncle at the barbecue was strange.
Wendy: We only saw that little tiny clip. But afterward, did he ask for your number? Did he want to go out with you?
Janet: No. I was really shocked because I got a call from my former producers at Entertainment Tonight and they said that they were going to air it. And I said, ‘Whoa.’ Because I knew it was un-airable because all he did the entire time was look at my legs. And so he wasn’t even paying attention to anything that I was saying.
Wendy: Ugh! America’s grandfather.
Someone could have easily argued that the video from the CNN journalist was questionable. Freeman could have defended himself by saying that he wasn’t attempting to be inappropriate. But this interaction with Mock is pretty black and white, cut and dry. It was a hot mess.