US actor and producer Morgan Freeman has apologised following allegations of sexual harassment made by eight women and several others.
One production assistant accused Freeman of harassing her for months during filming of bank robbery comedy Going in Style, CNN reported.
She said the 79-year-old touched her repeatedly, tried to lift her skirt and asked if she was wearing underwear.
Freeman apologised to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected”.
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” he said in a statement.
Making women feel uncomfortable was “never my intent”, he said.
He is the latest well-known Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual misconduct after allegations of sex attacks by producer Harvey Weinstein led to the development of the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment.
The production assistant told CNN that during the harassment another actor, Alan Arkin, “made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say”.
Meanwhile a woman who worked on the 2013 film Now You See Me said staff knew “not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms” or any close-fitting clothes if Freeman was around.
Morgan is also said to have stared at women’s breasts and asked women to twirl for him.