Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter told her would-be killer boyfriend the famed actor had a sexual relationship with her, lawyers disclosed Friday.
The seamy, years-old allegation surfaced during the Manhattan trial of Lamar Davenport who’s accused of butchering his girlfriend E’Dena Hines 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, reading a stipulation agreement signed off on by the prosecution.
It was not immediately clear why the disclosure might be relevant to the case.
Freeman, 80, has been dogged by the claim since 2009 when The National Enquirer reported that the Oscar-winning actor carried on a years-long sexual relationship with Hines.
Lamar Davenport appears in Manhattan Supreme Court on April 6. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Three years later, gossip sites reported that the pair were actually planning to wed.
But both Freeman and Hines shot down the rumors.
“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,” Morgan said in a statement.
Hines, then 27, said the claims were bogus but painful.
Actor Morgan Freeman and granddaughter E’Dena Hines arrive to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in this 2005 file photo. (KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES)
“These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family,” she said at the time.
Freeman’s manager did not immediately return a request for comment. Hines was the daughter of a woman adopted by Freeman and his first wife, Jeannette Adair Bradshaw.
Prosecutors say Davenport, 33, stabbed his girlfriend roughly 25 times in a drug-fueled attack outside the victim’s W. 162nd St. building.
Davenport’s lawyers are mounting an insanity defense, claiming he was in the throes of a PCP-induced psychosis at the time of the murder.
Deena Adair, the mother of murder victim E’Dena Hines, walks in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“My opinion was that he lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions and know the nature and consequences of his conduct,” defense expert Jeremy Colley testified Friday.
“Mr. Davenport did not possess the intent to kill Ms. Hines.”
Defense lawyers said both Davenport and Hines were high on the night of the murders.
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