Morgan Freeman's questionable behavior surfaces in old interviews

Ruben Ruiz
May 26, 2018

Visa announced Friday that it will stop airing commercials featuring the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced on Thursday.

"At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured", the emailed statement read.

As part of the new feature's rollout, Freeman's voice welcomed riders to tap their Visa credit card.

For a limited time, you, too, can hear the voice of Oscar victor Morgan Freeman while riding public transit. The famed actor was accused of being inappropriate with at least eight women and another eight people claim they saw the events happen.

In a statement, VISA said it will be suspended Freeman's role in it's marketing campaign.

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Despite apologizing to "anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected" following several accusations of sexual harassment Thursday, Morgan Freeman is losing out on deals with corporations.

"The level of accusations levelled against him are serious and do have a significant impact on women using city transportation and getting around the city", Ms. Russell said.

"We've made a decision to put a pause on airing these ads with Mr. Freeman's voice for now", said Drews.

Drews said TransLink is working with Visa to determine the next steps, but the transit provider has no control over who the company uses as its spokesperson. Comedian Seth Rogan, who is originally from Vancouver, proposed himself as a potential alternative option in a tweet TransLink late on Thursday morning.

The actor's distinctive voice was to be broadcast for a limited time at certain SkyTrain stations and bus routes in Vancouver to encourage commuters to tap their Visa cards as part of TransLink's recently launched "contactless" payment system, which accepts credit cards and mobile wallets. TransLink replied to the actor on Twitter, offering to start a direct-message conversation.

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