Morgan Freeman: “I Apologize”

After watching the storied careers of Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer and many others collapse following allegations of serious and even criminal sexual harassment and misconduct, longtime actor Morgan Freeman is crying uncle, offering this in a statement:

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” the Oscar winner said in a statement released Thursday. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

On Thursday, CNN broke the news that 8 different women have come forward with allegations of sexual impropriety by Freeman, whose successful TV and film career began with a stint on kids show The Electric Company.

Moments after the story broke, Freeman issued his statement.

Its unclear if that Mea Culpa will head off any possible legal entanglements that as of late have come as a result of these sort of allegations.

One woman has claimed Freeman even allegedly tried to pull her skirt up on the set of a movie.

She said he also asked if she was wearing panties.

The fallout may have already begun: Translink, Vancouver, Canada’s light rail company, has said it will “pause” campaign advertisements featuring Freeman’s voice-over.

“In light of information we’ve learned through news stories this morning of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system,” the company said in a statement Thursday morning.