Morgan Freeman's lawyers are going after CNN following the story that details alleged sexual misconduct and harassment by the actor.
A ten-page letter addressed to CNN President Jeff Zucker accuses the network of malicious intent and journalism malpractice that has already undermined the Oscar winner's reputation and career. It points out many errors and discrepancies in the story, and claims that reporter, Chloe Melas, baited other victims to come forward to prove her own bias. Finally, the letter calls for CNN to retract the story and issue a public apology.
Robert M. Schwartz, the actor’s lawyer wrote the story suffers from “…malicious intent, falsehoods, sleight-of-hand, an absence of editorial control, and journalistic malpractice.”The letter was in response to the network releasing, as we told you earlier, a story last week, saying eight women have recounted Freeman's unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior. Freeman hassince issued two apologies, both strongly denying the claims and apologizing for anyone who he unintentionally upset.
CNN countered with their own statement, saying “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 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.”
- Here’s where it gets murky. The junket in which Melas claims she was harassed by Freeman was for the movie “Going In Style,” which was produced by Warner Brothers; CNN and Warner Brothers are both owned by Time Warner. Warner Brothers did an internal investigation and found no wrong doing.