"The Godfather" star James Caan is speaking up in defense of Morgan Freeman. The latter is the latest Hollywood legend who has been embroiled in another sexual harassment controversy.
Caan spoke directly to TMZ as he was leaving a venue and signing autographs for fans. The actor seemed to suggest that the allegations against Freeman, whom he described as a "good guy," are part of a witch-hunt.
"We're becoming a very strange place," Caan said in the TMZ video. "You know, I think that's why God made men and women, so they could be attracted to each other," he added.
The 78-year-old Oscar nominee's statements implied that he's having trouble understanding why men can no longer express their attraction for women when it's a natural God-given characteristic. He explained that in today's world, this type of behavior could easily be seen as inappropriate.
CNN first reported the accusations of eight women against Morgan as part of its investigative series. In a statement, the actor is best known for his role in "The Shawshank Redemption" and as the voice of God in "Bruce Almighty," denied that he assaulted women.
"I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye," Freeman said."All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them," he added. "But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor," the actor went on to say.
The women who pointed a finger at Morgan claimed that he tried to lift their skirt to check their underwear or made comments about their appearance. One woman claimed that the actor told her how "ripe" she was while she was heavy with child.
After the news broke, Visa and TransLink announced that they are putting a stop to the marketing campaigns with Freeman as its endorser. Freeman, however, insisted that he did not make the women he worked with feel unsafe around him, nor did he ask for any sexual favors.