Chloe Melas, the CNN reporter who brought to light the alleged sexual harassment case for actor Morgan Freeman, is a descendant of Greek hero Pavlos Melas — who had fought for the independence of Macedonia.
According to an Athens-Macedonian News Agency report, Melas’ investigation on the popular actor lasted six months.
The Greek-American journalist met Freeman and Michael Cain — who had co-starred in the 2017 movie Going in Style — for an interview . At the time, Melas was in her sixth month of pregnancy for her first child.
Allegedly, the guest actor made provocative comments to Melas — some of which were recorded by the television camera. When Melas returned from maternity leave, she asked her supervisors at CNN to investigate whether Freeman had behaved inappropriately in the past.
The Greek-American journalist discovered that there had been several cases involving sexual harassment allegations against Freeman. Her report ended with eight women talking about sexual harassment by Freeman and eight witnesses supporting the allegations.
The 31-year-old Chloe Elisabeth Melas was born in Atlanta, Georgia and studied journalism at Auburn University. Today she is based in New York working as a journalist at CNN, covering entertainment news. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Murphy-Melas, writer of children’s books, and architect George Melas.
After graduating in 2008, Melas settled in New York and began working as an assistant editor at CNN Newsletters. However, one year later she went to work for HollywoodLife.com, where she eventually became the head of entertainment news.
In 2015, she became the face of the women’s clothing company Maggy London, and she was also a presenter of the VH1 morning television show, The Gossip Table.
Melas is married to restaurateur Brian Mazza and they have one child.