Five women came forward to accuse James Franco of sexual misconduct. The Los Angeles Times published a report with the details of the allegations, just days after the Golden Globe winner denied previous claims of inappropriate behavior.
Among the accusers is Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student at Franco’s film school Studio 4 in Hollywood. The performer said that “The Disaster Artist” star asked her to play a prostitute in his yet-to-be-released film “The Long Home”. Back in May 2015, she and several other women filmed a scene on set in which they engaged in an orgy with Franco’s character. She alleges he removed a clear plastic guard that covered the other women’s vaginas and simulated oral sex without protection. She was not involved in the actual scene, but appeared fully nude in the background.
“There was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” Tither-Kaplan, said.
Two other students at the “Milk” actor’s school said that he would get angry when no actress on set would agree to be topless.
Aspiring director Violet Paley also came forward with her testimony. The artist said that she met Franco in 2016 and became involved in a consensual romantic relationship, but recalled that one day he pressured her into performing oral sex on him. “I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out,” Paley alleged to the paper. “I got really nervous, and I said, ‘Can we do this later?’ He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn’t want him to hate me, so I did it.”
The Oscar nominee’s attorney Michael Plonsker refuted all of the claims and pointed to the comments that Franco made on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, January 9. During the interview, Franco said the claims made by several women on Twitter after his Golden Globes win were “not accurate.”
He added, “In my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my wellbeing,” he said. “I do it whenever I know that there’s something wrong or needs to be changed, and I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So, I don’t want to shut them down in anyway. It’s, I think, a good thing, and I support it.”
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