Chloe Melas: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A CNN entertainment reporter is among eight women who have come forward to publicly accuse Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman of sexually inappropriate behavior. The allegations against Freeman were first published by CNN in a bombshell report on May 24. The alleged behavior stems from on set incidents and incidents during media-related appearances. A production assistant on Freeman’s movie, Going in Style, alleges that Freeman attempted to lift up her skirt to see if she had underwear on. That assistant said Freeman’s co-star, Alan Arkin, told Freeman to stop. Onset at another movie, Now You See Me, a female staffer said Freeman made comments about her body and another woman who was employed on the movie covered up her body when around Freeman.

It was during a media event for Going in Style that CNN reporter Chloe Melas said she was a victim of Freeman’s inappropriate behavior. Melas says she was six months pregnant when she was interviewing Freeman who said that she looked “ripe” and that he wished “he was there.” Melas says that Freeman’s co-stars Michael Caine and Alan Arkin were present during the incident. Melas said that there is a recording of Freeman saying, “Boy, do I wish I was there.” Melas also alleges that Freeman shook her hand and refused to let go. Melas is one of the authors of the CNN investigative report. The report spoke to 16 people in total, eight people who said they were harassed by Freeman and eight witnesses.

In response to allegations, Freeman said in a statement, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who fell uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Melas Said in 2018 that She Was ‘Proud’ to Be an Entertainment Journalist in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement

In a March 2018 interview, Melas spoke of her pride in being an entertainment reporter in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Melas said, “I feel as though my job description has done a 180-degree turn in this current #Metoo climate. Telling the stories of men and women who have been abused, and seeing the changes in the industry happen as a result, is immensely gratifying. I have never been more proud to be an entertainment journalist.”


2. Melas Helped to Launch Hollywood Life in 2009

Melas is a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Radio/TV/Film and Political Science. Melas graduated in 2008 and went to work as a news assistant for CNN. In 2009, Melas helped to found HollywoodLife.com alongside Bonnie Fuller. According to Ad Week, Melas joined CNN in March 2016, leaving her position as the senior entertainment reporter at Hollywood Life.


3. Melas Met Her Husband Brian Mazza on a Blind Date in 2012

Melas pictured with her husband Brian Mazza in 2016.

Melas met her restauranteur husband Brian Mazza on a blind date in New York City in October 2012. The couple married in Grace Church in New York in 2014. In July 2017, Melas gave birth to their first child, son Leo DeSales Mazza.


4. In Addition to Her Reporting, Melas Is Also a Fashion Brand Ambassador

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Since March 2015, Melas has been a brand ambassador to New York-based women’s fashion label, Maggy London. Melas has also been a contributor on Fox News, HLN and WPIX.


5. Melas Was Onstage With Wendy Willams When Williams Fat Shamed Kelly Clarkson

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Melas is a regular contributor to The Wendy Williams Show. Melas was present on Wendy Williams’ show in April 2018 when Williams was accused of fat shaming singer, Kelly Clarkson, according to Page Six. Melas there to update Williams on the story of Nxivm, the alleged sex cult in upstate New York which counts actress Allison Mack as a member and recruiter. When mentioning that women in the cult were only permitted to ingest 800 calories per day, Williams said, “Kelly Clarkson ain’t going nowhere for an 800-calorie-a-day died, okay? Seriously?”

https://heavy.com/entertainment/2018/05/chloe-melas/

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