VISA appears to be the next organization associated with Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman who’s decided to sever ties with the actor following accusations of sexual harassment from eight different women.
A spokeswoman for VISA released the following statement to Deadline regarding their relationship with the 80-year-old star:
“We are aware of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Freeman. At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured.”
Freeman was frequently featured in commercials as well as providing voice-over spots for the credit card company.
Vancouver-based transit system, TransLink, has also disassociated themselves from Freeman, as voice-overs from the Glory actor were used for a VISA ad campaign to promote TransLink’s VISA credit card and mobile payments on city buses and trains.
TransLink had this to say about Freeman:
“In light of information we’ve learned through news stories this morning of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.