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Morgan Freeman Blames Misconduct Claims on ‘Misplaced Humor’

Facing numerous sexual harassment allegations, actor Morgan Freeman has defended his allegedly inappropriate behavior by saying his past comments were meant to be “light-hearted and humorous.” In a statement released Friday night, Freeman acknowledged at times trying to “joke with and compliment women.” “Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally,” he said. “But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.” Freeman’s statement came out just as a 2016 video surfaced in which he can be seen asking Entertainment Tonight host Ashley Crossan if she would “fool around with older guys.”