Did Morgan Freeman REALLY have an affair with his step granddaughter!

This is a very touchy topic for me.  My most fond childhood memory of this actor( Morgan Freeman) was his role as Mr.Clark in the movie, “Lean on Me!”  Many of us who grew-up in the south (Yea Atlanta is the deep south) had a Mr.Clark.   This is why this story is somewhat difficult for me to believe.  I had to remove Morgan Freeman from the imagery of this man (Mr. Joe Clark) to the character of a more vulnerable “step grandfather.” Please be advised that it is estimated that approximately 20 million Americans have been victims of parent incest as children.

The allegations suggest that there was a more than ten year “incestuous” relationship  between Morgan Freeman and his step granddaughter.  Although, he is not her biological grandfather, this would still be deemed as inappropriate and incest. After looking at the facts, I am NOT totally convinced of the validity of the reports because all of this  information came out AFTER his wife filed for divorce. The story did break, but it appears that  African-American  communities did not buy into the allegations against Superstar Morgan Freeman,  last summer.

However, this is a very touchy topic in many of our communities and has to be addressed.  Many so-called “stepfathers” don’t see how bad this  behavior really impacts the future lives of  their stepchildren.   Dr. Diana Russell, a Sociology Professor out of Oakland, CA, conducted a study of 930 San Francisco woman. She discovered that 17% of the women, that is 1 in 6 of the women, had been molested by their stepfather.  On the otherhand, only 2% of biological fathers molested their daughters.  She also noted that most of the Very Serious Sexual Abuse was perpetrated by stepfather. (47% stepfather vs. 26% biological father)(Source: The Prevalence and Seriousness of Incestuous Abuse:  Stepfather vs. Biological Father by Diana E. H. Russell, PhD)

Some of the most serious cases of Major Depression, that I have personally treated, is of woman who were sexually abused and or traumatized by their stepfathers and fathers. Mothers this is a very serious phenomena. According to the reporters, Morgan’s step granddaughter (now 27 years old ) supposedly did tell her mother when she was seventeen. There are reports that Mrs.Freeman did confront her then husband.  However, the allegations suggest that the affair still  continued for ten years.  This is also alleged to be cited in the divorce filing by his wife.  Now parents, I am not sure of the Statute of Limitations* surrounding incest cases, but I am sure that they do exist  for this crime as with many other crimes.  Please note that this crime is punishable, by law, in most of our fifty states.  Although, I am not convinced that Morgan is guilty, I will use this opportunity to spring board into the importance of recognizing childhood incest.

I have to also mention that their is a new phenomena (within the last twenty years) where mothers/fathers are sexually abusing their sons.  This is becoming more and more prevalent. This conclusion is not yet out, on the Freeman case, but it certainly deserves honorable mention on the blog.  Sex crimes, to include incest, rape, etc.  are getting out of hand.

Warning Signs of Childhood Incest:

  • Your child will avoid or be very attached to the parent/stepparent
  • Your child will appear or actually be more sexual
  • The child may be anxious and paranoid
  • Or the child may appear disruptive and fearless
  • The child may present self-injurious behavior (i.e. cutting, suicidality or substance abuse)

As difficult as this may be for your to confront or deal with, if you suspect any form of sexual abuse of your child, NOTIFY the proper authorities immediately. This should be the case with either your young son or daughter. After this, please seek the appropriate medical and psychiatric attention for your child. This wil be essential for proper resolution of the event(s) and normal sexual development your child.

We always hope that our families will live healthy, full lives and make the right decisions. However, what happens when one of our family members become depressed, anxious, or display uncontrolled emotions? In this case, they may be suffering from a mental issue and not know it. A healthy mind makes for a healthy body; taking the Dr. Owens Mental Health Prescreen Assessment will ensure a healthier start on life!


*Statute of Limitation= Maximum time after a crime that legal proceedings can be started.

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  • Anonymous

    So, now you can understand how Eddie’s members can still follow him. Celebrity worship clouds good judgment.

  • WisdomWarrior

    Warning Signs of Childhood Incest:
    Your child will avoid or be very attached to the parent/stepparentYour child will appear or actually be more sexualThe child may be anxious and paranoidOr the child may appear disruptive and fearlessThe child may present self-injurious behavior (i.e. cutting, suicidality or substance abuse)
    Signs of a Normal Modern-Day “non-molested” Teenager
    Your child will avoid or be very attached to the parent/stepparent
    Your child will appear or actually be more sexual
    The child may be anxious and paranoid
    Or the child may appear disruptive and fearlessSee that’s the problem with untrained individuals doing diagnoses, they don’t have the training to discern the difference.  While your statements weigh true there is a certain amount of academic training, internship, and supervised counseling experience which allows one to separate normal from unusual behavior.  Without this training “tips” such as these amount to so much damaging propaganda in the hands of those not trained who may damage relationships by introducing paranoia and distrust to an otherwise healthy relationship.

    My advice is if you suspect “fowl play” get a professional counselor/therapist involved who has been trained to know the difference.

    John M. Swails LPC / LMFT

    • AskDrO

      Thanks John!

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  • Somestartslate

    I had an affair. Why to blame someone named Chinmay alone? fact is that whores from macau does not make in a day as much as Hongkong made barbie doll makes.

  • this story has been circulating for the past 3 years with no validation and using that same ole tired picture!!!  If it was true, shouldn’t some new info and at least a new picture of the happy couple surfaced by now? 

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