According to the New York Post, Lamar Davenport’s mother yelled “Morgan Freeman molested her and he caused this. He did this,” to a reporter as her son was handed down a 20-year sentence yesterday.
“He’s innocent! It was an accident!” she reportedly added.
The allegations that the 81-year-old actor had an affair with his step-granddaughter were made by the defence during Davenport’s murder trial, following text messages that the young man received prior to committing murder.
The 33-year-old was convicted of stabbing Hines 25 times on the street in broad daylight on August 16, 2015.
Davenport was found guilty of manslaughter rather than murder, due to the defence that he was in a PCP (an illicit substance also known as angel dust) induced rage.
In court last year, Lamar’s lawyer claimed that E’Dena Hines revealed to her boyfriend at the time that she had been in a sexual relationship with Morgan Freeman. A therapist also revealed that Davenport had spoken about accusations of infidelity within the relationship.
“E’Dena Hines disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her,” Davenport’s lawyer, Beth Unger, claimed in court last April, reports the New York Post.
In 2012, Freeman denied the rumours in a statement.
“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,” he said.
Freeman and Hines have strongly denied the allegations in the past.
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