After allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior with women he has worked with, Morgan Freeman is in danger of having his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild revoked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Freeman received the honor at the 24th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards back in January.
SAG released a statement regarding the matter, saying they are keeping an eye on how the matter is handled legally before making their decision.
“These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to [ensure] a safe work environment for the professionals in this industry,” said a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson. “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. 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.”
SAG recently implemented a new sexual misconduct policy in February, and the allegations against the 80-year-old actor clearly violates it. CNN published a report with allegations from 16 women that accuse Freeman of inappropriate touching and sexual comments towards female staff on movie sets and at his production company, Revelations Entertainment.
Freeman spoke out against these allegations over the weekend, saying any comments he made were “misplaced comments of humor.”
As a result of these sexual harassment claims, Visa has already cut ties with Freeman.
“At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured,” a spokesperson said.