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Give Morgan Freeman a break: Diane Warren on #MeToo

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Songwriter has defended Morgan Freeman, who has been accused of sexual and inappropriate behaviour by multiple women, saying the people need to understand the difference between and

According to a report, a total of 16 people spoke to the outlet about Morgan's alleged acts which range from sexually charged verbal to touching.

Warren, who experienced and misconduct when she was younger, penned the #MeToo movement anthem 'Til It Happens to You'.

When questioned about the momentum of the campaign, the came forward in the Oscar-winning actor's support saying he was brought up in "a different time".

"It's hard to say it's (#MeToo movement) gone too far, but there's a couple of people that I know personally that I feel bad for and, with the thing, you go, 'Really?' If somebody says, 'Nice legs' or 'You're really cute...' if someone said that to me, I wouldn't treat it as assault," she told WENN.

"I mean he's (Freeman) 80 years old (sic), it's a different time. It's like when George (H. W.) pinched a girl on her a** - he's 90 years old (sic). Give him a break... They came up at a different time.

"said, 'You're really cute, I like those legs...' You can't put that in the same thing as sexual assault, but some people are so militant about it, like, 'It's all the same'. It's not the same!" Warren added.

Morgan, one of the latest and most powerful Hollywood personalities to be accused of misconduct, later issued a brief statement of apology hours after the allegations were reported. His later demanded an immediate retraction of the story and an apology from the network.

Numerous allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and even rape levelled against sparked off #MeToo, a campaign which encouraged women from all walks of life to come forward.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 17:40 IST