Morgan Freeman denies doing ad for NC candidate

Actor claims he doesn't support Republican B.J. Lawson's candidacy

Published November 1, 2010 9:44PM (EDT)

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is disputing a Republican congressional candidate's claim that he did a voiceover for a campaign ad.

Freeman said in a statement through his publicist Monday that he never recorded any ads for North Carolina candidate B.J. Lawson and that he does not support Lawson's candidacy. Lawson is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. David Price.

The advertisement features a narrator with a voice that resembles Freeman's. The narrator concludes, "It's time that you and I had a voice in Washington. Vote B.J. Lawson for Congress."

Lawson and campaign manager Martin Avila initially said Freeman did the ad. Avila later backed off that claim, saying the campaign had a contract signed for a Freeman ad with Los Angeles-based agency M.E.I. Political. The agency did not return a call seeking comment.

By Mike Baker

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