Women Accuse James Franco of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

12 January, 2018, 03:25 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former student at Franco's Studio 4 school in North Hollywood, was one of a number of women who took to Twitter in anger after he accepted a Best Actor award for "The Disaster Artist" Sunday night, wearing a "Time's Up" pin in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment.

"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", Tither-Kaplan told the L.A. Times.

Another woman said Franco asked the students to take their tops off and became "visibly angry" when they declined.

One of the eager students said Franco, who she entered a romantic relationship with, pressured her into performing oral sex in a auto.

Another woman, Violet Paley, says Franco pressured her into performing oral sex on him while sitting in her auto in 2016.

The Los Angeles Times published a report on January 11 in which five women went on record accusing Franco of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behavior.

These latest accusations come at a time when Franco seemed to cement his status as a content producer of substance with The Disaster Artist, rather than in ineffable artist. They began a romantic relationship but she said that he pressured her into performing oral sex in her auto.

A request for comment from Franco's attorney, Michael Plonsker, was not immediately returned to ABC News.

"Like I said", Franco continued, "there are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard".

One theme runs through almost every allegation against Franco in the Times: He abuses a position of power to put women in uncomfortable scenarios, in which denying his requests risked angering Franco or endangering the women's careers.

"James is all about giving up-and-comers, actors and actresses and young filmmakers a break in this business", Franco's lawyer Cynthia Huffman told the Times.

Franco also taught a "sex scene" class at Studio 4, which resulted in some of the students work being loaded onto Vimeo.

An HBO spokesperson told BuzzFeed News they have received no complaints about Franco's behavior on the set of The Deuce. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long.

The allegations were made in a Los Angeles Times article just days after earlier accusations resurfaced online during the Golden Globe awards.

Seth grilled him about actress Ally Sheedy, 55, who made cryptic tweets about him during the Globes ceremony on January 8.

Like Colbert on Tuesday night, Meyers did not ask about Franco's Instagram incidents in 2014-which included posting a risqué selfie and admitting to trying to meet up with a 17-year-old girl, asking her if he should rent a room at a hotel for them.

"First, I want to say that I wore it because I do support it", Franco replied, uncharacteristically stone-faced.

James: I think what I really learned and being here and this week and that show that we were you know ... She alleges that one night he pressured her to perform oral sex on him while they were sitting in a parked car-something she didn't want to do. "I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it", he said.


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