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Morgan Freeman Releases New Statement On Sexual Harassment Allegations

TransLink is "pausing" announcements featuring Morgan Freeman's voice, following reports that several women are accusing the actor of inappropriate behaviour. "We will be in touch with VISA to discuss further", TransLink said in a statement.

"At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured", spokeswoman Jessica Culp said in an email.

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.

After news broke that Morgan Freeman's dulcet tones would be heard on announcements for public transit in Vancouver, a number of Edmontonians were quick to start an online brainstorming session to figure out which famous voice should be heard on the LRT.

It's unclear if the ads will continue to run if Visa chooses to move forward with Freeman, but Drews says this will also be part of discussions.

On Tuesday, TransLink announced that Freeman would be incorporated into the public service announcements of Metro Vancouver's public transit system over the coming two months.

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Freeman has denied the harassment allegations, but apologized on Thursday "to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected". He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby and provided the voice-over narration to the 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary March of the Penguins. Recordings featured Mr. Freeman reminding people of proper bus etiquette or how to pay with their Visa card.

Not only have eight women revealed that Freeman allegedly made remarks about their body or touched them inappropriately, eight other witnesses confirmed this behavior.

On Thursday morning, actor Seth Rogen, who was born in Vancouver, tweeted he is available to take over the job.

Representatives for TransLink and Visa didn't respond to Newsweek's initial request for comment. "Let's DM and talk", TransLink's official twitter account replied.

Some of Freeman's announcements will include "Good news, Vancouver".

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