A statement incorrectly attributed to actor Morgan Freeman about the Connecticut school shooting is making rounds on the internet and on Facebook. The statement was not made by the actor, according to his spokesperson.
Several sites, including Examiner, published the statement and attributed it to Freeman following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The statement criticizes the media on how it reports on mass shootings and encourages people to donate to mental health research.
When asked by OTRC.com if Freeman made the statement in question, a spokesperson for the 75-year-old actor said, "He did not write nor release this statement." The spokesperson later added, "To date he has not released any statement [about the shooting]."
Many celebrities including Eva Longoria, Kirstie ALley, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, Katie Couric and Rihanna offered statements on Twitter following the shooting on Friday, December 14.
Authorities say suspected gunman Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. Lanza, who took his own life after the shooting, had also killed his mother in their home earlier that day.