Several of Morgan Freeman’s side gigs have taken a step back after the actor was accused of sexual harassment by eight women.
Visa, the credit card company with which Freeman has teamed for years for commercials and voiceover work, said Thursday that it was putting their partnership on pause.
“We are aware of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Freeman,” the company said in a statement. “At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured.”
TransLink, the Vancouver public transit system, also halted its use of Freman’s voice, which was part of a deal with Visa.
“In light of information we’ve learned this morning of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign on our transit system,” the company said.
“We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”
Eight women, including a reporter and a production assistant, accused Freeman of sexual harassment in an expansive CNN article published Thursday.
One woman, who worked on the set of “Now You See Me” in 2012, said the 80-year-old actor would frequently harass her and a female assistant.
“He did comment on our bodies… 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 told CNN.
Freeman said he never intentionally harassed anyone.