James Franco Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By FIVE Women
Reports today state that James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women; four of whom were his students.
“I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” said Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who also tweeted her allegations against Franco, 39, on Sunday during the Golden Globes.
The New York Post reports that Tither-Kaplan, 26, claimed that while filming an orgy scene for a project for Franco’s Studio 4 film school three years ago, Franco removed protective plastic guards covering the actresses’ vaginas.
Hey James Franco, now that you have a Golden Globe why don't you give speaking roles that don't require nudity in your upcoming films to the dozens of women who have done full nudity + sex scenes in your indie films and art projects?— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
The Times reported two other women on the shoot recalled negative experiences and that Franco allegedly got angry when actresses refused to go topless in scenes. Another woman, actress Violet Paley, was linked romantically with Franco, and has accused him of pressuring her to perform oral sex on him in a car.
“I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out,” she told the Times.
“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.” She began to perform the act but quickly told Franco she saw someone near the car in order to end the situation without a conflict.
Paley claimed that she emailed Franco following the Weinstein reports and that he apologised to her in a phone call, telling her, “I’m a changed man.”
Franco’s lawyer denied Paley’s allegations, claiming they were “not accurate.”
Surprisingly, Franco has been addressing the allegations against him on the late night circuit, but said he refused to silence his accusers.
“There are people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been under-represented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say, just because I believe in it that much,” he said. “So if I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much,” he told Seth Meyers.
Franco also recently told Stephen Colbert that the flurry of allegations on Twitter was “not accurate.”
“In my life, I pride myself in taking responsibility for things I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my wellbeing. I do it whenever something needs to be changed … If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to. That’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do.”