This interaction is an exhibition of the casual nature at which men in positions of power believe that everything belongs to them, including women’s bodies as they’re merely just trying to do their job.
For me, as a young woman of color, who is a reporter and a fan of popular culture, I was deeply disappointed that someone who was seen as America's grandfather was susceptible to such disturbing behavior and felt comfortable enough to do that as cameras were rolling, and that he could take claim of my body and look at it before even looking into my eyes.
Freeman is one of Hollywood's biggest stars, and has been made a household name through his work on films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Glory and Driving Miss Daisy.
In 2004, he won an Academy Award for supporting actor in Million Dollar Baby, and has also four other Oscars.
After the CNN report initially emerged, Freeman apologised "to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behaviour.
He has now issued a second statement regarding accusations of harassment that have been made against him.
I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.
All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humour.
I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women – and men – feel appreciated and at ease around me.
As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.
Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologised Thursday and will continue to apologise to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.
But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.