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Actor Morgan Freeman said on Sunday he did not issue a statement blaming the media for sensationalizing the Newtown School shootings.

The statement, which went viral on Facebook and other social media websites over the weekend, did not come from Freeman. His publicist Stan Rosenfield told multiple media outlets the actor’s camp is currently trying to determine where the hoax originated.

“It’s because of the way the media reports it,” the hoax statement read. “Turn on the news and see how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single ‘victim’ of Columbine?

“Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basement see the news and want to top it by doing something worse and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster instead of a sad nobody.”

The hoax statement also addressed CNN for using the phrase “body county” when covering the shooting.

Freeman’s name has been used in multiple hoaxes this year. Freeman’s death has been reported several times and quotes have been attributed to Freeman on several other occasions.