Morgan Freeman routinely made “shocking” sexual comments to women on movie sets, at promotional events, and while managing his production company, according to eight women who described their experiences to CNN.com. The Oscar-winning actor, one of Hollywood’s biggest and most popular stars, was widely known in the industry for openly ogling women and remarking on their looks, CNN.com reported. Freeman, 80, often behaves like a “creepy uncle,” said one former male colleague. At least two women say he touched them inappropriately. CNN’s investigation began when one of its reporters—who was then pregnant—interviewed Freeman a year ago and he made several salacious comments in front of others, including “You are ripe” and “I wish I was there.” Freeman admitted to “misplaced compliments or humor,” but said it was wrong to equate his behavior with sexual assault. “I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye,” he said. His lawyers demanded CNN retract its story.
George Zimmerman says he needs a public defender for his latest court case because he’s jobless and $2.5 million in debt. Zimmerman, 34, is charged with stalking Dennis Warren, a private investigator who’s working on a documentary about Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman shot and killed in February 2012. A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder. But last year, Zimmerman learned that Warren tried to contact his uncle, and he proceeded to send the investigator 67 text messages and 27 emails, many of them laced with threats. “I know how to handle people who f--- with me,” read one text. “I have since February 2012.”
Aziz Ansari is testing the waters for a return to stand-up. The comedian has kept a low profile since January, when the obscure website Babe.net published one woman’s account of Ansari’s sexual behavior on a date. Ansari apologized, but maintained that the experience described was consensual. He’s recently made five surprise appearances at the Comedy Cellar, a New York City club where comics often try out material. Noam Dworman, who owns the Comedy Cellar, said that Ansari “was treated unfairly” in the article, adding, “Absolutely, he’s welcomed.” ■