Women Accuse James Franco of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

Women Accuse James Franco of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

Franco was one of many stars who wore a Time's Up pin in support of sexual harassment and assault awareness at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, which sparked criticism online and a number of claims by women on Twitter that Franco had sexually harassed them.

The TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday was meant to feature "The Disaster Artist" director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the film with a Times reporter.

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, including former students at the actor-director's NY acting school. "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 Tither-Kaplan, who previously called Franco out on Twitter.

Some of the alleged incidents occurred when Franco taught at Playhouse West in North Hollywood. Over the course of filming, Tither-Kaplan said Franco removed the plastic guards covering the actresses' vaginas and continued to simulate oral sex on them.

Although, to James' credit, he did apologize to Sarah amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal. "I'm completely willing and want to".

"First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy" he said.

Paley, 23, met Franco in 2016 and began a romantic relationship with him - but she says the power dynamic was always off. According to Violet, James pressured her to perform oral sex while they were sitting in a vehicle. "I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out", she told the Times. "I personally checked on all the actresses constantly to make sure they were ok and comfortable".

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"I feel frightful that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable but we went to great lengths to make sure all the actresses in the nude scenes felt comfortable and safe".

The unequal power dynamic between alleged abusers and their victims is a common thread that's run through numerous stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault that have emerged in the #MeToo era, with producer Harvey Weinstein serving as arguably the most blatant example. He also insisted that he was a "changed man" and acknowledged it was wrong of him to pursue a sexual relationship with someone who was recovering from substance abuse.

Two other students at Studio 4 - Hilary Dusome, 33, and Natalie Chmiel, 33 - told The Times about unpleasant experiences on set with Franco, with both saying he became visibly furious when actresses did not agree to take their shirts off.

"I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case", Dusome said.

"I pride myself on taking responsibility for things I've done", he said, reiterating his position that the accounts were false. Why is James Franco allowed in? "Because I believe in it that much". But one of the things I've learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had.

After uploading auditions to a website, she admitted that no one she knew ever heard back. "I mean, it's a big question, but I don't know how to leave, or to further, this discussion". She says he emailed her frequently, offering her only roles as "a prostitute or a hooker".

The 39-year-old's attorney has disputed all the allegations and directed the publication to his comments on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.

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