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05/24/2018 11:31 EDT | Updated 05/25/2018 09:53 EDT

Morgan Freeman Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Eight people said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behaviour.

Multiple women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behaviour and harassment.

The allegations surfaced Thursday in a report from CNN, with eight individuals telling the network that they were victims of harassment and inappropriate behaviour by Freeman. Sixteen people in total spoke to CNN about the actor's alleged behaviour as part of the investigation.

An unidentified woman told the network she was harassed by Freeman in 2015 while working as a production assistant for the comedy "Going in Style" starring the famed actor.

The woman said Freeman often touched her inappropriately and made comments about her body and clothing daily.

Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear" at one point while they worked together, the woman alleged. Actor Alan Arkin "made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."

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Another woman told CNN that while working on the 2012 movie "Now You See Me," Freeman sexually harassed her multiple times.

"He did comment on our bodies," the second accuser told CNN. "We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted," she said.

Other inappropriate behaviour included staring at women's breasts, massaging an intern's shoulders, asking a woman how she felt about sexual harassment and asking women to twirl for him, according to CNN.

TransLink, Vancouver's major transportation company, said it would be suspending new voiceovers that featured Freeman as part of an ad campaign for Visa.

We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms.Freeman accuser

In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behaviour by Freeman. Eight said they witnessed Freeman's alleged conduct.

In a statement, Freeman said he is not someone who would "intentionally offend."

"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. "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected ― that was never my intent."

This has been updated with TransLink's response to the allegations.