Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was carrying on a sexual relationship with his step-granddaughter, according to court testimony by the man accused of later murdering her.
Lamar Davenport is accused in the 2015 stabbing murder of E’Dena Hines, the step-granddaughter of Freeman. In an attempt to deflect from his likely guilt, Davenport confirmed a rumor that has been circulating for years: Freeman had been having an intimate relationship with Hines, the biological daughter of his adopted daughter.
The National Enquirer had made the same accusation years ago, but both Hines and Freeman denied it.
Davenport claims he has texts from Hines that prove the relationship, but they have not been entered into evidence. Court watchers are wondering why the subject has even been breached in court at all, as there is no relevance to the actual murder. Freeman is in no way a suspect. The revelation, however, is certainly damaging to Freeman’s likable reputation.
Attorneys representing the man accused of slaughtering Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter stated in court on Friday that the victim had told the defendant that the Oscar winner had a sexual relationship with her.
The bombshell revelation concerning the Shawshank Redemption star and E’Dena Hines, 33, came to light during the ongoing trial of 30-year-old Lamar Davenport, who is accused of stabbing her 25 times in a drug-fueled rage in 2015.
‘E’Dena Hines disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her,’ Davenport’s lawyer Annie Costanzo told the court, reported New York Daily News.
It is not clear at this point why the defense chose to disclose this information in open court, or how it might be relevant to the murder case.
But a therapist testified that Davenport admitted to frequent arguments with Hines about infidelity during which each accused the other of being unfaithful.
Hines was the biological daughter of a woman Freeman and his first wife adopted as a child.
They were not related by blood.
Freeman and his second wife then helped raise the girl.
The National Enquirer story from 2009 made an even bigger accusation: that Freeman was actually planning to marry Hines, but likely avoided doing so to avoid negative public reaction.
Rumors about Freeman and Hines have been swirling for nearly a decade, beginning in 2009 when The National Enquirer published a story alleging that the Hollywood A-lister was involved in a years-long affair with his step-granddaughter.
The magazine also quote a friend of hers saying she wanted to marry the actor.
Three years before Hines’ violent death, it was reported that Freeman was planning to marry her, but they both vehemently denied being romantically involved.
‘The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers,’ Freeman said in a statement in 2012. ‘What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.’
Hines, then aged 27, said: ‘These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.’
Morgan was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from 1967 until 1979.
He then married costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984, and the two later adopted his step-granddaughter E’dena and raised her together.
The couple finally divorced in 2010 after a messy break up.
Hines was stabbed 25 times in the street in Washington Heights on August 16, 2015, at 2.50am.
Davenport’s attorneys argue he is not guilty of the violent crime by reason of insanity because he was in the throes of a PCP-induced psychosis at the time of the attack.
Hines and Davenport, a rapper, had been living together in a $780,000 apartment that Freeman had bought for Hines.
Walking out of court this week, Freeman denied the accusations to the press.
Here is the video.