The planned announcements by Freeman were part of TransLink's campaign to promote its Tap and Pay system which allows anyone transit users to tap and pay with their credit card, not just their Compass Card.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has released a second statement denying allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him.
Freeman had recorded a series of announcements that were to be heard on parts of the TransLink system.
Freeman was accused of inappropriately touching a young production assistant on the set of "Going In Style" without her consent, as well as of trying repeatedly to lift her skirt; another woman said he frequently commented on women's bodies while filming "Now You See Me" in 2012.
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CNN says it spoke to 16 people who worked with Freeman in various capacities in the film industry, and the eight of them said they witnessed Freeman engaging in inappropriate workplace behaviour that made women feel uncomfortable. "We will be in touch with VISA to discuss further", TransLink said in a statement.
Louisa Russell, who works with Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, told The Globe and Mail that her organization supports TransLink's move to suspend the ads featuring Mr. Freeman.
In light of this reporting, Translink has put a pause the voice announcements from Freeman, according to Vancouver Sun.
You can't get away with harassment, after all! Comedian Seth Rogan, who is originally from Vancouver, proposed himself as a potential alternative option in a tweet TransLink late on Thursday morning. Unless the stars align and he replaces Morgan Freeman as the global ambassador of Visa's ongoing "It's everywhere you want to be" campaign.
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The Screen Actors Guild also said in a statement Thursday that they are "reviewing" Freeman's recent Lifetime Achievement Award and may take "corrective actions".
"Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment", SAG-AFTRA said in a statement issued to Deadline Thursday.
He did not respond to a request for comment on Friday about the decisions by Visa to stop his commercials or by the union to reconsider his award.
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