A total of sixteen women have stepped forward to accuse 80-year-old actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

Sixteen Women Accuse Morgan Freeman of Sexual Assault

Morgan Freeman allegedly harassed reporter Chloe Melas at a press junket, thus sparking off a long investigation into any potential other incidents. As a result of the investigation, sixteen separate women have stepped forward. Of those, eight women allege Freeman subjected them to inappropriate behavior. The other eight allege they witnessed the behavior.

Incidents include allegations of Freeman making comments about women’s bodies as well as glancing up and down, while also staring at women’s breasts. Two women allege the actor also touched them inappropriately.

In light of the allegations, Freeman released a statement: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”

Freeman Latest Actor to be Named

Freeman is the latest in a long line of men in Hollywood to be accused of sexual harassment. The actor has been nominated for five Oscars, winning one best-supporting actor in 2005 for his role in “Million Dollar Baby,” and is known for playing “God” on more than one occasion.
The Screen Actors Guild is considering revoking the lifetime achievement award it awarded to Freeman this past January.

“Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment,” a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said. “Given Mr. Freeman recently received one of our union’s most prestigious honors recognizing his body of work, we are therefore reviewing what corrective actions may be warranted at this time.”

Fighting Sexual Assault Accusations

If you have been wrongly accused of committing sexual assault, you need to treat the accusations seriously. Though they may seem ridiculous, they can have long-lasting consequences. You can lose your job, face fines, or be sent to prison. There are a number of things you need to do if you have been accused of sexual harassment or assault.

Hire an Attorney

A criminal defense attorney will be able to respond to and defend you against the allegations you are facing. You should contact one as soon as you are informed of the charges. They will be able to provide you with guidance and next steps on how to proceed.

Stay Away Accuser

Stay away from the accuser until you have a chance to legally defend yourself. Chances are there will be an evidentiary hearing where you will be able to state your side of the case. Until then, avoid the accuser so that he or she will not be able to make further accusations.
If you must be near the accuser, due to employment or child custody arrangements, try to ensure a third party is always present so that he or she can act as a witness. Additionally, try to limit communication and try to ensure that all communication is in written form – via text or email. Any communication should state the facts. Do not contact the person via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Remember that everything you say or write can be held against you in a court of law.

Control Emotions

Being accused of sexual assault is frustrating and angering. But you need to try to keep your emotions in line. This means being responsible about your next steps and how you protect yourself. Do not approach the accuser with attempts to defend yourself. Try to keep a calm head.

Assess Motives

Working with your attorney, try to asses any motive your accuser may have for the false allegations. Often times a jealous ex will make attempts to get back at his or her partner. If you believe the sex was consensual, were there other circumstances involved, such as alcohol or drug use that might have caused you or your accuser to become hazy about the events? A criminal defense attorney might be able to help you uncover any motive that may exist. This motive can assist a defense attorney should the case go to trial, or during the process of negotiating.

Detailed Account

If you can, provide your attorney with a detailed account of the events that led to the accusations. You should tell your lawyer everything, even details you think might not be pertinent. You never know what detail a lawyer may be able to use to help you win your case.

Witnesses

Do you have any witnesses that might have seen the interaction? Do you have an alibi? Are there character witnesses that can attest to both yours and your accuser’s potential motives?

Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorneys

Our Los Angeles sex crime attorneys advise and represent people charged with sex crimes ranging from indecent exposure to rape. To learn how our resourceful approach to client service in criminal defense can benefit you, contact our Los Angeles office for a free consultation.

Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles

We provide legal defense for the following sex crimes:

  • Forcible rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Simple or aggravated sexual assault
  • Date rape or acquaintance rape
  • Prostitution offenses
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Online solicitation of a minor for sex
  • Pandering
  • Child pornography possession, distribution or manufacture
  • Child Molestation
  • Child Pornography
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sex Offender Registration
  • Exhibitionism

Defense of Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles

There are two main approaches to the defense of sex crimes. First, we can investigate the facts and review the evidence supporting the charges to see where weaknesses in the case against you can help us develop a trial defense and leverage for plea negotiations. Next, we can work toward a compromise with the prosecutor by emphasizing the facts that work in your favor.

Criminal defense attorney Daniel Perlman concentrates on the creative solutions that can take full advantage of the strengths of your legal position while protecting you from the most serious potential consequences of serious felony charges.

While we are developing and presenting your defense to the charges you are facing now, we also keep in mind the importance of protecting your long-range interests. Are you a foreign national at risk of deportation? Are you a licensed professional who might face discipline before your licensing board? If you accept a good plea offer, will you have to register as a sex offender anyway? We take all of these considerations into account for your defense strategy.

Whether you want to take your case to trial or negotiate a plea is up to you. You can depend on our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys to give you the legal and practical advice necessary to guide a sound decision. Contact us online or call 213-514-8324 or 213-514-8324 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Being accused of a sex crime can be extremely intimidating. You deserve to know that your lawyer is doing everything possible to protect your interests. To discuss how our Los Angeles sex crimes attorneys can help you, contact us at 213-514-8324, at 213-514-8324 or by e-mail today.

The criminal defense lawyers at Daniel Perlman Law in Los Angeles will put our experience to work for you. We believe every defendant has the right to a zealous defense. We offer free initial consultations and will usually quote a flat fee that will cover all the services necessary for your case, including trial. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers, call 877-887-4541 or contact us by e-mail.

Daniel R. Perlman, Esq.
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman