A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on "Going In Style," a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.
But the job quickly devolved into several months of harassment, she told CNN. She alleges that Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back, she said.
In one incident, she said, Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said -- he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he'd try again. Eventually, she said, "Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say.
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This has become insanity. It goes without saying that I favor women's rights to be free from sexual harassment and mistreatment, but we're veering off into the realms of thoughtcrime and the crimininalizing of non-threatening exchanges between men and women. I cannot possibly see how the MeToo movement has kidded itself that women will be 'empowered' by the inevitable fallout from this.
It's hard to know what to make of the particular accusations in Freeman's case: as Ant-mac notes, I thought this story was old news, and then it suddenly bobs up again, with now apparently 'numerous' charges of inappropriate behaviors being made. These things always seem to create a mass-hysteria effect around them, with one charge abruptly multiplying into many, leaving the onlooker who wants to be fair about the matter not really knowing what to think, since often enough the accusations appear not to turn into charges of any legal substance.
Has anyone asked Arkin about any of this? The story I read said he was unavailable for comment, which doesn't help.