I have no problem admitting that I believe the National Enquirer sometimes because the tabloid has a pretty impressive track record for getting things right, except when it comes to aliens. But when I read that Morgan Freeman was having an affair with his step-granddaughter, I thought the Enquirer was making something out of nothing, a misunderstanding. Now, however, I’ve changed my opinion because this scandalous charge has reportedly come out in his divorce proceedings with estranged wife Myrna. Morgan allegedly began the affair when his step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines was a teenager. She was raised by Morgan and Myrna since she was a young girl, says a source. Morgan, 72, and E’Dena, 27, have allegedly carried on their affair for 10 years, and it contributed to the breakup between him and his wife and his longtime mistress. One woman truly isn’t enough for this Oscar winner.
E’Dena has been Morgan’s escort to several public appearances, including last year’s premiere of “Dark Knight.” But people didn’t suspect any hanky-panky because she was introduced as his granddaughter, says a family insider, who added that Morgan is trying desperately to keep the divorce out of open court so this info won’t wreak havoc on his career.
I’m pretty disgusted by this reported affair, even though it isn’t technically incest because they’re not blood relatives. However, I still can’t help thinking it will do little damage to Morgan’s career. One thing the passing of Michael Jackson has proven is that fans can separate someone’s personal life from their art or talent (I won’t go into whether that’s wrong or right here). What Morgan has done isn’t that far off from what Woody Allen did with Soon-Yi Priven, Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter who later wed Allen. Kobe Bryant continued to be celebrated as a basketball phenomenon after the dismissal of his rape case. And let’s not forget that Roman Polanski plead guilty for having sex with a minor, fled the U.S., and has been in a self-imposed exile in France for 30 years, yet he continues to make films that people watch and celebrate, awarding him an Oscar in 2002 for “The Pianist.”
While Morgan, at age 62, should have exercised better judgment when he allegedly started the affair with his step-granddaughter, I doubt he’ll be shunned by Hollywood and fans will still flock to his movies.