The creator of the HBO series "The Deuce" - which stars James Franco twice, as twins - is speaking out after the actor was accused by five women of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. To get out of the situation, she says she told Franco she could see someone near the auto.
As she explained to The Times, Franco once removed protective wear covering actresses' vaginas while filming an orgy scene with him and a few other women in 2015. Two other student actresses also recounted negative on-set experiences.
Franco was accused by five women of inappropriate behavior in a bombshell report published by the LA Times on Thursday.
Two of the women featured, actors Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan, expanded on claims they had made on Twitter in the wake of Franco's Golden Globes victory for his performance in his latest film, The Disaster Artist.
"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".
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"I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it", she told the Times. "There were some things on Twitter". But, Tither-Kaplan also said that when the Harvey Weinstein story first broke previous year, that Franco did formally apologize to her for making her feel uncomfortable.
Their relationship continued in a consensual manner afterwards, but Paley says she would have handled that incident, in which Franco allegedly nudged Paley's head towards his exposed penis, differently today.
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, James Franco once again spoke about the sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled against him. I talked to them several times and told them if they were uncomfortable or did not like what was going on to come to me immediately and I would take care of it. In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, Franco said the allegations made by Paley and Tither-Kaplan on Twitter "are not accurate".
Violet Paley, who told the Times that Franco had served as a mentor, ultimately entered a consensual romantic relationship with him, but accuses him of pressuring her to perform oral sex in an encounter in her vehicle that made her feel uncomfortable.
"I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done", Franco told Colbert.
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Another student, Hilary Dusome claimed that Franco had created an "unprofessional and hostile atmosphere" during a scene filmed in a strip club by asking a group of female actors: "So, who wants to take your shirt off?"
Franco's being taken to task not just for the content, which is skeezy as hell, but for the fact that it's... just not good literature. Not to mention, Rabbit Bandini co-owner Vince Jolivette defended that Studio 4 "was always run professionally". Afterward Franco said he was "embarrassed" and said social media is "tricky".
He said he had used "bad judgment" and had "learned my lesson".
"There are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard".
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