According to a CNN report published Thursday, Morgan Freeman is being accused of sexual misconduct by eight women. However, one of the alleged victims, Chicago WGN-TV's Tyra Martin, has taken issue with the way her comments were presented by the media outlet.
As a reporter, Martin had sat down to interview Freeman on several occasions. According to CNN, Martin described one particular interaction when Freeman supposedly overstepped by commenting on her pulling down her skirt. "When I stood up, I pulled my skirt part of my dress down and he did say, 'Oh, don't pull it down now,'" Martin recalled.
CNN goes on to elaborate that while it allegedly gave her pause, Martin didn't feel uncomfortable and supposedly became "accustomed" to his comments. However, the entertainment producer takes issue with being painted as one of Morgan's accusers. Martin told TMZ, "Hey, still getting a lot of nasty messages from people who think I AM one of the accusers. I'm not, never was. CNN totally misrepresented the video and took my remarks out of context."
In CNN's description of Martin's interaction with Freeman, language that would suggest sexually inappropriate behavior, is used. The report alleges that Martin felt as though Freeman had "crossed a line," and repeatedly flirted with her. However, the outlet does specify that Martin claimed to be "in on the joke."
While it's unclear whether or not video of this alleged interaction was recorded, another video of Morgan flirting with Martin was released by CNN, which you can see at the 47-second mark below.
The 80-year-old actor has released two statements denying the allegations and claiming that his "misplaced compliments or humor" are being misconstrued as sexual harassment. He stated that he will continue to apologize to anyone he may have offended.