5 women accuse actor James Franco of sexual misconduct


In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, four of Franco's former acting students made a range of misconduct allegations against the Golden Globe-winning Disaster Artist star.

Both Dusome and Chmiel recounted Franco getting angry on a set when none of the actress acquiesced to his request that they take their shirts off. Chmiel says she was told the footage for a jeans commercial; Dusome thought it was for one of his "art films".

In 2014, after Franco admitted to trying to approach a 17-year-old and get a hotel room where she was staying even after having learned her age, told his Instagram followers that he hoped parents would keep their teens away from him.

After Franco was spotted at Sunday's Golden Globes ― for the campaign aimed at combating sexual misconduct following the #MeToo movement ― women called him out over social media for apparent hypocrisy.

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The scrutiny comes at a delicate moment for Franco, a contender for a best-actor Academy Awards nomination.

Franco was later forced to deny the rumours during an interview with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, describing the claims as "not accurate".

Franco has denied these allegations, one of his lawyers has stated. And I truly believe they need to be part of this conversation. "If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in [people's stories being heard] that much". I haven't read them. He added, "I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long".

Aspiring screenwriter Violet Paley, 23, told The Times she saw Franco as a mentor when they began a romantic relationship in 2016.

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Tither-Kaplan noted that after the Harvey Weinstein news broke in October, Franco reached out and "apologized for making her feel uncomfortable".

Violet Paley said that during a consensual relationship, Franco once pressured her to perform oral sex in a vehicle and that the "power dynamic was really off". Then, Tither-Kaplan said, she and her female co-stars were asked to appear topless in an unscripted scene and dance around Franco while wearing animal skulls atop their heads.

Tither-Kaplan said that when she filmed a nude orgy scene with Franco, he removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses' vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.

Franco paused. "I don't know", he said. "It's, I think, a good thing and I support it".

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"There are stories that need to get out, there are people that need to be heard", Franco continued. But one night, she alleged that she was in a vehicle with Franco and she felt compelled to perform oral sex on him because "the power dynamic was really off".